ISRO plans to launch sun mission Aditya-L1 by 2020

After launching its moon mission-Chandrayaan-2 to study the south pole of the Moon, where nobody has gone so far, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has planned to launch its sun mission Aditya-L1 to study the sun for the first time.

The space agency has planned to launch the mission by 2020. ISRO, in one of its statement, said, “Aditya-L1, initially coined as Aditya-1, was conceived as a 400kg class satellite carrying one payload, the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC) and was planned to launch in a 800 km low earth orbit.”

The mission plans to study about the outer layer of the sun, the corona that has an extremely high temperature of more than a million degree Kelvin, much higher than the solar disc temperature of around 6000K. The study will find out why the corona gets heated to such high temperatures.