A colossal development by the Indian Research Organization (ISRO) is their new and upcoming mission to the Sun. This mission named – Aditya – will provide some much needed intel on the sun and everything that happens around it. The former Chairman of ISRO, AS Kiran Kumar looks at this mission as an opportunity to help researchers get an even closer look in the happening that take place in the sun’s proximity.
There have been many missions to various planets and ISRO in the past has had many victories in sending satellites and rocket launches across space. Moreover, ISRO has large and much ambitious plans for India in space. In October, ISRO current chairman K Sevan revealed that they were planning to send two separate experimental modules into space that would dock with each other. This was a huge revelation as India with this experiment in 2020 would fall among nations like Russia, China and the US to have their own space dock stations.
This new mission to the Sun – Aditya which literally translates to newly risen sun is a feather in the hat for ISRO. AS Kiran, as a former chairman of ISRO gave further insight into this and spoke about this new mission of ISRO at Mangaluru at inaugurating the first Pilikula International Full-Dome Film Festival and Planetarium Conference at Pilikula. He explained that this mission would be executed in such a way in which a satellite will look down at the sun 24X7. He added that by devising specific instruments like a solar chronograph, that would be powerful enough to mimic a solar eclipse will suffice for a situation to carry out research and studies by the scientists.
This intend by ISRO to emulate a faux solar eclipse will be highly beneficial as earlier researchers would wait for a solar eclipse to happen and then plan and set up their facilities accordingly. This in turn will help to observe beyond the Sun’s photo-sphere and help to understand the complex solar phenomenons.
Giving more information and diving into details, AS Kiran revealed that ISRO is aiming to build ways and erect technology into instruments that could invade the Earth’s atmosphere and give a view of all those celestial objects, dangling in space. He expanded that scientists and researchers at ISRO are planning to expand their horizons by going past the current planet groups or missions to Mars, Venus.
Making a mention of the MoM (Mars Orbiter Mission), Kiran Kumar gives an example of how India has excelled and show tremendous progress with the limited resources and the talented capacity that fills up the country.
He appreciated the progress that MoM showed by taking the most number of full disk images than any other satellite has ever had, remarking “We converted many of our limitations into our advantage,”.
Adding more to India’s glory he said that there are many satellites set in place by India that can give readings of the Earth every 15 minutes. And based on the information delivered by the satellites, many weather changes and predictions are made by IMD. Not just for weather and climate, there are satellites, roughly more than 54 in number that provide accurate information on every influential aspect both inside and outside of the country.
Via – The BusinessLine