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Could Aditya-L1, the ISRO spacecraft, be at risk following NASA’s Parker Solar Probe’s encounter with a solar storm?

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In a celestial dance that spans millions of kilometers, India’s Aditya-L1 spacecraft embarked on its historic solar mission, lifting off on September 2nd. Designed for an intricate study of our Sun, this groundbreaking expedition has already marked numerous milestones.

The latest update from ISRO reveals that Aditya-L1 has executed the Trans-Lagrangean Point 1 Insertion (TL1I) maneuver flawlessly, positioning itself on a trajectory toward the Sun-Earth L1 point. Notably, it has also begun collecting invaluable scientific data.

Meanwhile, across the cosmic expanse, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe encountered one of the mightiest coronal mass ejections (CMEs) ever recorded. Remarkably, it not only survived but provided an invaluable boon to the scientific community.

CMEs, colossal eruptions from the Sun’s outer corona, wield the power to influence space weather, posing threats to satellites, communication systems, and even terrestrial power grids. NASA’s recent journey through this tumultuous event sheds light on the Sun’s interaction with cosmic dust remnants from comets and asteroids.

As Aditya-L1 embarks on its mission, it will traverse the cosmos for four months, eventually reaching a halo orbit around the Sun-Earth L1 point, providing an uninterrupted view of the Sun. This journey is not without challenges, as the spacecraft may face solar storms, given the anticipated peak in solar activity.

Aditya-L1’s seven payloads will be strategically placed to observe various facets of the Sun, from its photosphere to the outermost corona. These observations aim to unravel the mysteries of solar dynamics, heating mechanisms, and the origins of solar eruptive events.

With Aditya-L1’s groundbreaking mission and Parker Solar Probe’s resilience, humanity is poised to gain unprecedented insights into the Sun, enhancing our understanding of space weather and its impact on our technological infrastructure.

Also read: ISRO Successfully Launches Aditya L1 Solar Mission