Aditya L1 launches LIVE updates: a look at the history of solar missions
The journey of solar missions began as early as the late 1950s, when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched its Pioneers 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 satellites. These early satellites provided early information on the wind solar and the magnetic field, although their signal ceased in 1983.
In the 1970s, the Helios 1 and 2 probes, as well as the Skylab Apollo telescope mount, enriched scientists’ understanding of the solar wind and the corona. The probes were the result of a collaboration between the United States and Germany.
Despite their successes, the Helios missions encountered challenges, culminating in the crash of Helios 1 due to strong wind shear.
Keep reading for the full timeline