Indian aerospace program has been on a steady upswing in the recent times. In what can be termed the most ambitious program in it’s history, now ISRO is aiming at sending a satellite, named Mission Aditya, near the Sun announced Chief scientist Radhakrishnan yesterday. “The Aditya mission to the Sun has been planned between 2017 and 2020. The mission would be around the Earth. A few equipment are being planned for that,” he said.
The Aditya mission was planned in 2008 itself. It was estimated to cost around 10 million USD then. The cost has escalated to 20 million USD now. The mission will be placed at the height of 800 kilometers from earth. There will be a 400 KG Coronagraph on board, an ultraviolet imager telescope to study the Sun’s corona and the solar storms that have a great effect on the earth atmosphere will be studied. The changes in earth’s magnetosphere due to changes in sun will also be studied.
Only the European Space agency and America’s NASA have attempted so far to study the Sun.