ISRO Chief S. Somnath Provides Update on Aditya L1 Solar Mission

GG News Bureau
Kolkata, 22nd April.
 S. Somnath, the chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), shared exciting developments regarding the Aditya L1 solar mission during a press briefing on Sunday. He revealed that the spacecraft is actively transmitting crucial data about the Sun, marking a significant stride in India’s space exploration endeavors.

Addressing reporters, Somnath highlighted the continuous operation of multiple instruments aboard the Aditya L1 spacecraft, which are diligently capturing various aspects of solar activity. “We are continuously observing the sun through UV magnetic charges observation, corona graph observation, X-ray observation, and other parameters,” he affirmed.

Launched on September 2, 2023, the Aditya-L1 mission represents India’s maiden foray into solar exploration. Somnath emphasized the long-term nature of the mission, spanning five years, and underscored the importance of analyzing observations over an extended period. “Unlike breaking news, where events unfold rapidly, our mission entails sustained observation, yielding insights gradually,” he elaborated.

While discussing the solar eclipse phenomenon, Somnath clarified that the mission’s data collection encompasses observations before, during, and after an eclipse, shedding light on solar dynamics across different phases. He dispelled misconceptions by explaining that eclipses result from the moon obstructing the sun’s light, rather than any intrinsic changes within the sun itself.

Furthermore, Somnath revealed ISRO’s collaborative efforts with other space agencies, notably the development of the joint satellite NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar). This partnership signifies ISRO’s commitment to fostering international cooperation and advancing scientific exploration beyond national borders.

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