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India’s first solar mission reaches its destination in space

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s inaugural solar mission, Aditya-L1, has reached its destination within the anticipated four-month timeframe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.

Launched on September 2, the spacecraft positioned itself at Lagrange Point 1, which according to NASA is between the earth and the sun and outside the moon’s orbit. From there it will undertake a comprehensive study of the star at the centre of the solar system, focusing on the solar corona and its influence on space weather.

“India creates yet another landmark. It is a testament to the relentless dedication of our scientists in realising among the most complex and intricate space missions,” Modi said in a post on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Equipped with seven payloads, Aditya-L1 is planned to conduct remote sensing of the sun and in-situ observations for an estimated five years.

India’s earth sciences minister, Jitendra Singh said on Saturday, the Aditya-L 1 “is going to discover the mysteries of the sun”.