Bangalore, Jan 29: India`s maiden unmanned Moon
mission Chandrayaan-I completes 100 days tomorrow and
preliminary findings from data generated by on-board
scientific instruments were discussed by scientists for the
first time on Thursday.
The scientists associated with Chandrayaan-1 had a
day-long meeting at the ISRO Satellite Centre here on the eve
of the 100th day of the launch of India`s historic lunar
mission on October 22.
"The discussions were largely technical in nature", an
official of Bangalore-headquartered Indian Space Research
Organisation said. ISRO is expected to issue a statement
detailing deliberations of the closed-door meeting this week.
Preliminary findings from the data generated by three
instruments on board the lunar probe-- the Moon Mineralogy
Mapper, Mini-SAR and the Imaging X-ray Spectrometer, which
have already been announced, are encouraging.
ISRO had invited scientists behind Indian payloads
(scientific instruments) as well those from countries whose
instruments, including from NASA and the European Space Agency
(ESA), are onboard the spacecraft for today`s conclave.
Chandrayaan-1 has 11 instruments on board -- five from
India, three from ESA (one of which is developed jointly with
India and other with Indian contribution), one from Bulgaria
and two from the US.