Abstract


  SCIENCE WITH ADITYA: INDIAS SOLAR SPACE MISSION

  D. Nandy, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), dnandi@iiserkol.ac.in

Recognizing the need and advantages of continuous solar observations from space, and to further its goal of supporting scientific and technological advances, the Indian Space Research Organization is planning India first space mission to observe the Sun. Named Aditya-L1, this ambitious project aims to place a comprehensive solar observatory at the Lagrange point L1 which will allow uninterrupted views of the Sun. The diverse set of instruments being planned to fly onboard this mission includes a visible emission line coronagraph, a solar ultraviolet imaging telescope, high- and low-energy X-ray spectrometers, plasma analyzer and particle detector packages and a magnetometer for in-situ plasma diagnostics. In this talk I will provide an overview of the science objectives that motivate this mission from the fundamental solar physics perspective and also make a case for utilizing this space observatory for operational space weather forecasting.