Shukrayaan-1 Mission

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After the success of Chandrayaan-3 ISRO has planned some of the consecutive take-offs from the Earth. The Aditya L1 solar mission will take place on 2 September 2023. Post that, the Indian Space Research Organization is planning to launch the orbiter mission to Venus i.e. Shukrayaan-1 mission. This mission will be conducted to study the atmosphere and the surface of the second planet of the solar system i.e. Venus. Shukrayaan-1 mission was scheduled to launch in December 2024. But it has been postponed due to some reasons. Keep reading to get further insights about the Shukrayaan-1 ISRO mission!

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Shukrayaan-1: Objective

The main objective of this mission is to study the surface and volcanic activity of Venus. It is an Orbiter Mission consisting of scientific payloads equipped with high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). 

The SAR would be responsible for the clear visibility of the surface of Venus. Besides that, it also has a ground-penetrating radar.

The use of SAR and ground-penetration radar enables the spacecraft to generate high-resolution images of the planet which helps the ISRO to gather data day and night despite the clouds, darkness, or weather. 

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Shukrayaan-1 Launch

Initially, this ISRO mission was scheduled to launch in mid-2023 but owing to the outbreak of COVID-19, the launch date shifted to 2024. According to scientists, the optimal launch windows of the Shukrayaan-1 occur once every 19 months. Thus, ISRO has backup launch dates in 2026 and 2028.

The mission is also waiting for the formal approval and money necessary for the testing and assembly of the spacecraft before taking off.

Although the spacecraft has faced many fluctuations concerning the launch date. Now, the experts believe that 2031 is the perfect window for the launch.

This is all about the Shukrayaan-1 mission that is designed to study the surface and shallow subsurface stratigraphy of Venus for the very first time. Hope you get the basic information about it. Visit our General Knowledge page to discover more interesting articles about Science and Technology.

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