In Depth - India’s Aditya Solar Mission

If 2019 was all about the Moon for Indian space agency ISRO, year 2020 could well be about the Sun.

In his last Mann Ki Baat address on Sunday, December 29, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the ISRO's plans to launch its first Sun Mission Aditya L1. This ambitious plan of the Indian Space Research Organisation will not only put India in a very elite league, but also at the very frontier of cutting edge research.

With Aditya L1, ISRO will take a huge step forward in the study of solar corona. The solar Corona is the outer most part of the Sun's atmosphere. It is usually hidden by the bright light of the Sun's surface. The 400 KG-Class Aditya L1 will carry six scientific payloads that will be inserted in a halo orbit around the Lagrangian point 1 or L1, Incidentally L1 is 1.5 million kilometers from the Earth.