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India’s First Sun-Watching Mission Set to Launch Today
Sriharikota, India – September 2, 2023: Get ready for an exciting space mission! The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is counting down to launch India’s first-ever sun-watching mission called Aditya-L1. It’s a solar observatory, and it’s going to lift off on a special rocket called the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 11:50 a.m. today.
Around 63 minutes after it goes up into space, the rocket will let go of the Aditya-L1 spacecraft. This should happen at about 12:53 p.m.
This mission is a pretty long one compared to others that ISRO has done with the same type of rocket. The longest mission they’ve done so far was back in 2016, and it took two hours, 15 minutes, and 33 seconds from launch to finish.
After it’s launched, Aditya-L1 will hang out in orbits around Earth for 16 days. During this time, it will do some fancy maneuvers to speed up and get ready for its big job. Aditya-L1 will end up sitting about 1.5 million kilometers away from our planet, and it will be staring straight at the sun. To give you an idea, that’s only about 1% of the space between Earth and the sun.
This mission is a huge deal because it’ll help us learn more about the sun and its behavior. Keep an eye out for updates on this exciting mission!