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CHENNAI: Around 70 scientists including those from other countries will participate in the first meeting to review scientific findings from the data acquired from each instrument of the Chandrayaan-1 project at Bangaloreon January 29.
Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of a brainstorming session with schoolchildren at Chennai on Monday, Project Director Mayilsamy Annadurai said,
“We expect something new about the moon to emerge during the first meeting of scientists associated with all the 11 instruments of Chandrayaan-1.”
One of the instruments of Chandrayaan-1, MiniSAR, has the objective of detecting water ice in regions on the lunar surface not yet studied. “We see something unique and if during the meeting in Bangalore the scientific findings provide a breakthrough in detecting water ice in the moon, it will be a goldmine,” said Dr. Annadurai.
Apart from scientists from the country, eminent space scientists participating in the first meeting will include Paul Spudis, Carle Pieters, Ben Bussey, Stas Barabash, Christian Erd and Manuel Grande. SARA, Sub keV Atom Reflecting Analyser, is the first ever such instrument to decipher what the planetary body contains.
The data from SARA, Dr. Annadurai said, may also lead to new and interesting findings on the moon.
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