New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his warm congratulations to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday for the remarkable launch of Aditya-L1, India’s inaugural space-based solar observatory.
The Prime Minister declared that India’s scientific efforts will continue “to develop a better understanding of the universe for the welfare of entire humanity.”
Taking to the social media platform X, the PM expressed, “After the success of Chandrayaan-3, India continues its space journey. Congratulations to our scientists and engineers at ISRO for the successful launch of India’s first Solar Mission, Aditya -L1. Our tireless scientific efforts will continue in order to develop better understanding of the Universe for the welfare of entire humanity.”
The PSLV-C57.1 rocket carrying the Aditya-L1 orbiter lifted off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, at 11.50 a.m. today.
The triumphant launch of ISRO’s maiden solar mission follows the historic achievement of the Chandrayaan-3 lunar landing mission.
ISRO, following the launch, announced the successful separation of the payload covering the Aditya-L1 spacecraft as it exited Earth’s atmosphere, stating, “The third stage of the separation of PSLV carrying the Aditya-L1 orbiter has been completed.” The launch of Aditya-L1 by PSLV-C57 is accomplished successfully, it said.
The vehicle has placed the satellite precisely into its intended orbit. India’s first solar observatory has begun its journey to the destination of Sun-Earth L1 point, the agency said.
The Aditya-L1 mission is expected to reach the observation point in four months. It will be placed in a halo orbit around Lagrangian Point 1 (or L1), which is 1.5 million km away from the Earth in the direction of the sun.