But ISRO has no time to rest on its laurels, as they’ve already got their sights set on the future, and leading India into a golden age of space exploration.
The next big mission planned is Aditya-L1, set for the first half of 2020. That mission will see ISRO launch a satellite towards the Sun in order to study its corona. This is the outer layer of the Sun, extending hundreds of thousands of kilometres.
“How the corona gets heated to such high temperatures is still an unanswered question in solar physics,” ISRO stated on its website while announcing the mission.
ISRO Aditya-L1 mission to orbit Sun in 2020
Last month, ISRO director Sivan revealed during a news conference that Aditya-L1 will orbit the Sun at a safe distance, and will be perpetually pointed towards it in order to gather as much information as possible.
“It will always look at the Sun and give an analysis of the corona because it has a major impact on climate change,” he said.
And that’s just the first. There’s another big ISRO mission on the cards that will see a satellite departing for the planet of Venus.
Though there’s no specific timeline yet, Sivan expects that to be launched within the next two to three years.