Moon water traces finding by Chandrayaan-1 path-breaking: Nair

Last Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 14:09

Bangalore: Describing as "path-breaking"
the evidence of water on Moon by India`s Chandrayaan-1
mission, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair on Thursday said no lunar
odyssey so far had given a "positive" conclusion.

"There is confirmation of traces of water. It is a
path-breaking event as far as Chandrayaan-1 mission is
concerned. It is very very significant. So far, no mission has
confirmed the presence of water positively," he told a news agency.

One of the major instruments that gave the data was
Moon Mineralogy Mapper of NASA, which was one of the payloads
on board India`s maiden Moon mission supplemented by
hyper-spectral imager and moon impact probe of Indian Space
Research Organisation.

The data analysis was done by scientists of Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in the US and Physical Research Laboratory and
Space Application Centre, both headquartered in Ahmedabad, he
said.

Nair said ISRO would make a formal announcement and
disclose detailed analysis tomorrow following the publication
of findings in a science journal and announcement by NASA
scientists.

Chandrayaan-1, launched in October last year, ended
prematurely last month ahead of its two-year life span but
Nair has maintained that it had achieved 95 per cent of its
objectives.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 14:09

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