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Understanding coronal heating and solar wind acceleration major objectives of Sun mission


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Chennai: As it gears up for its first Solar Interplanetry mission to study the sun, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the major science objectives of the Adity-L1 spacecraft, to be ferried into a Low Earth Orbit by PSLV vehicle, was to understand the Coronal Heating and Solar Wind Acceleration.

ISRO said other objectives include, understanding initiation of Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), flares and near-earth space weather.

It also also to understand coupling and dynamics of the solar atmosphere and understand solar wind distribution and temperature anisotropy.

On the uniqueness of the Sun mission, it said it will study First time spatially resolved solar disk in the near UV band, CME dynamics close to the solar disk thereby providing information, in the acceleration regime of CME which is not observed consistently.

On-board intelligence to detect CMEs and solar flares for optimised observations and data volume, Directional and energy anisotropy of solar wind using multi- direction observations, are also the unique features of the mission.


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