Sriharikota: India has achieved another milestone in space exploration by launching its first mission to study the Sun, Aditya-L1, from the Sriharikota spaceport at 11:50 a.m. today. The mission will travel to a distance of 1.5 million kilometers from the Earth and observe the Sun for five years. The spacecraft is the first Indian space-based observatory to study the Sun and its various phenomena. The mission is a joint effort of ISRO and several reputed institutions.
ISRO Chairman S Somanath congratulated the PSLV-C57 rocket team for placing Aditya-L1 in an elliptical orbit with precision. He said, “The PSLV has done a wonderful job today by injecting Aditya L1 spacecraft into the intended orbit…which is very accurate. I want to thank the PSLV team for their excellent performance in this unique mission.”’