Aditya L-1 launch Indian rocket lifts off to take country closer to sun after Moon landmark

India's first solar mission, #AdityaL1, is launched by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from Satish Dhawan Space Center in

The 1,480 kg spacecraft was launched by India's powerful Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and placed in a very elliptical orbit of 235 km by 19,500 km around the planet.

The six solid fuel-based boosters in the PSLV configuration were created to position the satellite just one hour after launch.

The spacecraft will next increase its orbit and velocity until it reaches the designated orbit that will bring it closer to the Sun. 

Approximately four months (125 days) will be needed to travel the 1.5 million km to the L1 point. After that, the spacecraft will be placed in a halo orbit near the L1 point.

The Aditya-L1 mission will conduct seven scientific investigations and gather data for the following five years.

The mission is intended to offer remote solar corona views and collect solar wind data. The main payload of Aditya L1, the Visible Emission Line 

Coronagraph (VELC), will deliver 1,440 photos per day to the ground station for processing after it has entered its planned orbit.

The satellite and its payloads will orbit the Sun and continuously observe it without any eclipses. This will enable real-time observation of solar activity and its impact on space weather.