India is ready for a mission to land a rocket on the Sun. PHOTO/ DAILY
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As reported by The Hindu, Sunday (29/1/2023), ISRO recently received the Visible Line Emission Coronagraph (VELC) which is the main payload on the Aditya-L1 spacecraft from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA).
VELC is India’s first scientific mission to study the sun. The VELC handover ceremony took place on the IIA Center for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST) campus attended by ISRO Chairman, Somanath.
According to the IAA, the measurement, assembly and testing of the VELC was successfully completed and is the most challenging payload among the seven payloads/telescopes that will be flown on the Aditya-L1 spacecraft.
“Understanding the impact of the Sun on the Earth and its environment has become very important now with Aditya-L1 aiming to shed light on this topic.
It took 15 years for the VELC to build from concept to completion, and this period is necessary for a complex system like this, said Somanath.
Aditya L1 is India’s first space-based mission aimed at studying the Sun from a halo orbit around the Sun-Earth system’s Lagrangian point 1 (L 1).
The mission was operated by seven payloads aboard the Aditya L1 to observe the chromosphere, the sun’s outer layer (corona), and the photosphere.
This will make various observations about solar activity and its effect on space weather, ISRO said