India Studying the Sun

Young Science Writers’ Program 2019

To study the surface and the interior of the sun is a very difficult job. Did you know, India is planning to study the sun? The India Space Research Organization (ISRO) is planning to carry out its next mission with this objective.

The satellite of 1500 Kg, carrying seven science payloads, comprises the best and latest technology. The satellite will continuously observe the sun without encountering an eclipse. This will be possible because of the Lagrangian point (L1). As a matter of fact, the Lagrangian Point has influenced the naming of the space mission. Previously, the mission was named Aditya-1. Later, because of the L1 Point, it was revised to Aditya-L1 Mission.

This mission would give the scientists a much deeper insight into the dynamical process of the Sun. The unsolved mystery of the varied temperature in the upper and lower atmosphere of the Sun would begin to unveil. Moreover, it would be noted how exactly do the radiations coming from the Sun affect the atmosphere of the Earth on a short and long term basis.
Hence, success in this mission would result in unravelling many mysterious happenings around us in the field of solar and heliophysics.

The spacecraft will be inserted in a Halo Orbit, around 1.5 million km away from the Earth. The PSLV-XL Rocket would be used to launch the satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in April 2020 (tentative).

What do you think, Will the mission be successful or would it result in another launched failure?

Moreover, Even if the mission fails, ISRO’s efforts to explore such remote areas are enough to shock the world.
The team of the Indian Space Research Organization continues to inspire and intrigue yet one more scientist every day.

Written by Ayush Singh (Grade 9, Anand Niketan School)
Edited by Sofiya Shahiwala