India recently launched its first spacecraft designed to study the sun, called Aditya-L1. The spacecraft is headed towards Lagrange Point 1— a destination between the Earth and sun where the gravitational pull is canceled out and Aditya-L1 can remain in the sun’s orbit. The goal of the mission is to study the sun’s upper atmosphere and weather patterns on its outermost layer. The launch of Aditya-L1 comes only a few weeks after India successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon— becoming the fourth country in the world to do so. Between the moon landing and Aditya-L1, India is cementing itself as a key player in the study of space.
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