Staff Correspondent

‘Issue relating to signatures of water being found on moon still at an inchoative stage’

Madikeri: There is no evidence yet to support the theory that life forms existed or can exist on moon, P. Sreekumar, scientist from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Satellite Centre, Bangalore, said here on Monday.

He was addressing a gathering of scientists and students on the topic, “Results of Chandrayaan-I” on the opening day of the “International intra-disciplinary conference on the frontiers of astronomy (IICFA) - 2009” at the Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa College.

Dr. Sreekumar said nearly 400 kg of materials had been brought to the earth from the moon by various lunar missions and no such evidence was found from them. He termed as erroneous the presence of any organic molecules on the moon. The moon was receding from earth up to 3 cm a year. The moon had a face that could not be seen from the earth and there were many unexplored regions still on the moon, he said.

The goal of Chandrayaan-I, in association with a few foreign countries, pertained to higher resolution imaging (topography), global mineral mapping, global chemical mapping and lunar environmental studies. The issue relating to signatures of water being found on the moon was still at an inchoative stage, Dr. Sreekumar said during a PowerPoint presentation.

To a question whether water can be extracted from the moon, he said there was not enough data yet on that issue.

Replying to another question from the audience on whether the landing of man on the moon was genuine or fake, Dr. Sreekumar said he was convinced of the genuineness of the mission as there were tracks of the vehicles used by the mission led by Neil Armstrong and his team. The tracks were still evident on the lunar surface, he said.

Anil Bharadwaj from the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, and Shyama Narendranath from ISRO, Bangalore, spoke on different topics associated with Chandrayaan-I.