The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recently unveiled a collection of images captured by the Aditya L1 solar probe, India’s first mission to study the Sun. Among these images are a selfie taken by the probe and stunning snapshots of both Earth and the Moon.
In the Aditya selfie, two crucial instruments are prominently featured: the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC) and the Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT). These instruments play vital roles in the Aditya L1 mission, focusing on in-depth analysis of various aspects of the Sun.
Aditya L1 embarked on its journey on September 2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, propelled by a PSLV 57 rocket. Remarkably, the probe has already made two orbital adjustments. After 125 days in space, Aditya successfully reached the Lagrange Point, positioning itself roughly 14.85 crore km away from the space station. All necessary mission instruments are securely housed within the probe.
The primary mission objective is to gather comprehensive insights into diverse facets of the Sun, including its corona, thermal properties, energy emissions, fluctuations in light rays, and the study of potentially hazardous solar radiation.
It’s worth noting that ISRO maintains vigilant control over Aditya, with mission control centers located in Mauritius, Bengaluru, and the Andaman Islands’ Port Blair.