Our tireless scientific efforts will continue to develop a better understanding of the universe: PM Modi after Aditya-L1 launch

India came together to congratulate ISRO for successfully launching the country's first solar mission, days after it created history on the moon.

BySumit Jha

Published Sep 02, 2023 | 5:46 PMUpdatedSep 02, 2023 | 5:48 PM

PSLV-C57 delivered the satellite into the intended orbit on Saturday, 2 September. (ISRO)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in congratulating the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of Aditya-L1, the country’s first solar mission.

“Our tireless scientific efforts will continue in order to develop a better understanding of the universe for the welfare of entire humanity,” he said on X, after ISRO delivered the satellite into the intended orbit on Saturday, 2 September.

The 44.4-metre-tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C57 lifted off majestically at the prefixed time of 11.50 am from the Sriharikota spaceport, located on the eastern coast about 135 km from Chennai.

“Congratulations to our scientists and engineers at @isro for the successful launch of India’s first Solar Mission, Aditya-L1,” the prime minister said.

Congratulating ISRO, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the nation was proud and delighted over the successful launch of the Aditya-L1. He hailed Team ISRO for the “unparalleled accomplishment”.

ISRO launched Aditya-L1 close on the heels of creating history by landing Chandrayaan-3 on the lunar South Pole on 23 August.

“Time and again our scientists have proved their might and brilliance. The nation is proud and delighted over the successful launch of Aditya L1, India’s first solar mission,” Shah wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

“Kudos to the team @isro for this unparalleled accomplishment. It is a giant stride towards fulfilling PM @narendramodi Ji’s vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat in the space sector, during the Amrit Kaal,” he said.

Also Read: Aditya-L1 blasts off from Sriharikota to unravel sun’s secrets

Congress claims Aditya mission idea

The Congress hailed the launch of Aditya-L1 as a “stupendous achievement” for India, as it shared a timeline of the mission from its conceptualisation for understanding the “continuity in the ISRO saga”.

In a post on X, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, “Today’s launch of Aditya-L1 is another stupendous achievement of ISRO and for India!”

He added: “While saluting ISRO once again, it is worthwhile recalling the recent timeline for Aditya-L1 to understand the continuity in the ISRO saga.”

Ramesh stated that scientists with the Astronomical Society of India and the Indian Academy of Sciences proposed in 2006 the concept of a solar observatory with a single instrument. In March 2008, scientists shared the proposal with ISRO, he said.

“December 2009: ISRO approves Aditya-1 project with single instrument. April 2013: After former Chairman UR Rao’s major intervention, ISRO issues an ‘announcement of opportunity’, calling on the scientific community for proposals for more scientific instruments (payloads),” Ramesh pointed out.

In June 2013, ISRO reviewed the scientific proposals received, he said.

“July 2013: ISRO selects the seven payloads for the Aditya-1 mission by now renamed the Aditya-L1 mission. November 2015: ISRO formally approves Aditya-L1,” he added.

In a post in Hindi on X, the Congress said ISRO has given many opportunities to make the country proud.

“After Chandrayaan-3, ISRO has again raised the nation’s prestige by successfully launching Aditya L-1,” the party said.

The entire Congress family was proud of this unprecedented achievement of the country’s scientists, it said. Best wishes to the entire ISRO team, the party added.

Also read: Aditya-L1, the space detective trying to solve solar puzzle

Wishes pour in from states

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao expressed happiness over the successful launch of Aditya-L1.

He said that ISRO has crossed another important milestone in the field of space research.

“The progress being made by the country’s scientists as an example to the world in the field of space research has made every Indian proud,” KCR said.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the efforts of ISRO scientists to study the Sun have met with initial success. “I wish all success in the next phases of this project,” he added.

“Hats off to ISRO and the entire team that made this possible,” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said while noting that India has marked another momentous achievement in space research.

“Together, we reach for the stars,” he added.

Also Read: Why ISRO chose the moon’s South Pole to land Chandrayaan-3