NEW DELHI — India’s first space mission to study the sun has reached its destination, officials said on Saturday, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country created “yet another landmark,” as India’s first solar observatory Aditya-L1 reaches its destination.
“It is a testament to the relentless dedication of our scientists in realising among the most complex and intricate space missions. I join the nation in applauding this extraordinary feat.
“We will continue to pursue new frontiers of science for the benefit of humanity,” Modi wrote on X.
The mission is the first Indian space-based observatory to study the sun from a halo-orbit around the first sun-Earth Lagrangian point (L1), which is located roughly 1.5 million kilometres ((930,000 miles) from Earth, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation.
The Aditya-L1 spacecraft was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in southern India on Sept 2 and the spacecraft underwent a cruise phase lasting approximately 110 days to achieve the present condition before halo-orbit insertion targeted on Jan 6, the space agency said on Saturday.