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Aditya L-1, India’s first mission to study the Sun is all set for launch in September

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh said  that after closing on the heels of the successful Chandrayaan mission, India is ready with the first Sun Mission “Aditya-L1”. He added that ISRO is all set to launch on 2nd of September.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, with the entire world celebrating India’s Chandrayaan mission, the popular interest in the Sun Mission has also increased manifold.

Minister praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying all this would not have been possible, if the Prime Minister had not taken the courageous path-breaking decision of liberating India’s space sector from the shackles of the past which no other government had taken the initiative to do. 

He added that within a short span of four years, ISRO’s financial resources have increased, the number of StartUps have gone up from 4 to 150 and the credibility of India’s satellite launching facility has suddenly soared so high that so far from the launching of European Satellites, India has earned more than 260 Million Euros and from the launching of American Satellite, India has earned more than 150 Million US Dollars.

Talking about Aditya-L1, he said that Sun Space Mission Aditya-L1 shall use the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) with seven payloads (Instruments on Board). The spacecraft shall be based in a halo orbit around Lagrange point-1(L1) of the Sun-Earth system, which is about 1.5 million Kilometre from the Earth, while a satellite placed in the halo orbit will have the major advantage of continuously viewing the Sun without any eclipses.

Dr Singh said, after the Mars and Moon mission, Aditya L-1 is the third such mission. It will study the energy sources from the Sun.

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