The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s Chandrayaan-3 (Moon Vehicle-3), on board the Launch Vehicle Mark-III Mission 4 (LVM3 M4), lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, in the Southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India, 14 July 2023. EFE-EPA FILE/IDREES MOHAMMED

India to launch space-based observatory to study the Sun

New Delhi, Aug 28 (EFE).- The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced on Monday that it would launch its next space mission – a satellite aimed at studying the Sun – later this week, after having successfully landed a probe on the Moon’s south pole last week.

“The launch of Aditya-L1, the first space-based Indian observatory to study the Sun, is scheduled for September 2, 2023, at 11:50 Hrs,” the ISRO announced on social platform X, previously known as Twitter.

The mission will be launched from the Indian space agency’s Sriharikota center, situated in the country’s south.

Aditya-L1 is set to mainly study the dynamics of the higher layers of the solar atmosphere and the formation of solar winds, apart from carrying out other research.

The probe will be placed in a Sun-Earth halo orbit about 1.5 million kilometers away from the Earth.

“This will provide a greater advantage of observing the solar activities and its effect on space weather in real time,” ISRO said on its website.

The new mission comes a week after the historic landing of a probe on the Moon’s south pole as part of ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 mission, which turned India into only the fourth nation to soft-land a mission on the lunar surface and the first to explore its southernmost part. EFE