India Launches Rocket To Observe Sun days After Historic Moon Landing
India has launched the Aditya-L1 rocket to study the sun, shortly after its successful unmanned moon landing.
The rocket, carrying scientific instruments for observing the sun’s outermost layers, took off at 11:50 am (06:20 GMT) on Saturday for a four-month journey.
The mission aims to study solar winds, which can cause disturbances on Earth, such as auroras.
The spacecraft carries seven scientific payloads for the systematic study of the sun, all developed through collaborations between India’s space agency, ISRO, and scientific institutes.
If successful, this mission will make India the first Asian nation to place a probe in solar orbit.