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Science / 10 months ago
Sun-Stalking Satellite Aditya-L1 Starts Spilling Space Secrets; Aliens Breathe a Sigh of Relief - No Gossip About Them Yet!
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Aditya-L1 Satellite Spills Space Secrets, Keeping Aliens Relieved and Scientists Intrigued!
In what's turning out to be the solar event of the millennia, our homegrown sun-stalking satellite, the Aditya-L1, has begun spilling secrets about space that have scientists in high octane. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which seems to be heaven-bent on dismantling every Martian conspiracy theory with just pure science, announced today that the Aditya-L1 is on a roll. The satellite's instrument, STEPS, is now observing ions and electrons at distances over 50,000km away from Earth, that's like going to the moon and back...61 times! The whiz-bang gadget hitching a ride on Aditya-L1 is a part of the ASPEX payload (because apparently, acronyms are super-cool in the realm of space technology). ASPEX, the Aditya Solar Wind Particle EXperiment, sounds like it's fallen straight out of a science-fiction book plot. Leaping beyond our home planet, it'll record and analyse the behaviour of particles in the scarves of space wrapping Earth. Some stakeholders holding their breath were the extra-terrestrials, who breathed a sigh of relief as not a word about them has been let out by the Aditya-L1. "No gossip about us yet," said Ms. Alien (name withheld on request) through an exclusive inter-galactic Zoom call. We hear that the alien community is extremely private and gets tetchy about Earth-satellites poking around, broadcasting their cosmic whereabouts. "Sure, let them study solar wind particles, the quiet ones in the corner nobody pays attention to. As long as this orbiting paparazzo doesn't try to capture our holiday pictures," commented Mr. Martian. The solar scientists, meanwhile, remain laser-focused on the task, unfazed by the myriad reactions from across the solar system. The motive has never been a juicy interstellar gossip but understanding the behaviour of space particles that may, in turn, shed light on solar winds, solar flares, and the sun's corona. This collected data could then be used to better understand space weather events, which will help protect our dear satellites and manned missions venturing into unknown territories. So, while the aliens do their sun-bathing, secret space rituals, or simply turn invisible, the Aditya-L1 keeps its eyes locked on its prize - the sun and its mysterious particles. The human race waits with bated breath for what secrets this Indian Satellite may uncover. As for the aliens, they continue to believe in their motto, "What happens in space, stays in space." Only sunshine will reveal what's cooking in the cosmic kitchen. Stay tuned, cosmo-curry enthusiasts.
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