Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K. Sivan said on Thursday that India is set to launch first Solar mission Aditya-L1 in 2020.
Sivan said there are still a lot of things that are to be learned about the sun. In a press briefing in New Delhi, Sivan told media that, “The aim of the mission is to keep a permanent eye on the sun without any disturbance. Aditya-L1 is meant to observe the solar corona,”.
Sivan also noted that Aditya-L1 mission is expected to be inserted in a halo orbit around the Lagrangian point 1 (L1) – which is 1.5 million km from the earth – so that there is a major advantage of continuously viewing the sun without any occultation/eclipses.
Besides that, K. Sivan also told India would have its own space station. The project will be an extension of the Gaganyaan mission. “We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme after the launch of (the) human space mission. In this context, India is planning to have its own space station,” Sivan told reporters.
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