Chandrayaan completes 100 days in space today

Staff Reporter

70 scientists meet to unravel the findings

The two-day meet will also look at future exploration

Bangalore: It has been 100 days since Chandrayaan’s space voyage began, during which the lunar craft gave scientists their first glimpse of the dark side of the moon, confirmed the presence of iron and picked up x-ray signals from its cratered terrain.

On this occasion, 70 scientists will gather at ISRO Satellite Centre here on Thursday to unravel the findings.

The gathering will include members of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA).

The two-day meeting is aimed at “taking stock of the data collected by the 11 payloads (scientific instruments) and to look ahead into areas that need exploration,” Project Director of Chandrayaan-I, M. Annadurai said.

“ISRO’s science team has been analysing the data which now has to be peer reviewed,” he added.

Dr. Annadurai said the “unique set of instruments” have already offered important insights into the lunar terrain.”

“For instance, the Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC) has the highest spatial resolution of 5 metres and the Miniature Synthetic Aperture Radar (Mini-SAR) is uniquely designed to detect water ice in the lunar poles. Also, the Moon Impact Probe (MIP) impacted the moon where no other instrument has.” Of the 11 instruments carried onboard, five were indigenously developed (including MIP and TMC) and the others were developed by agencies including NASA and ESA.

The meeting will bring together 50 scientists from India and 20 from the U.S., Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, Japan and Netherlands, said Dr. Annadurai.

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