ISRO to put a telescope on the moon

Chennai,Oct15:The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is looking at the possibility of putting a telescope on moon in order to enhance its scientific observation capacity. Chairman of the organisation, A. S. Kiran Kumar said the space agency is expecting the second moon mission to take place by the end of 2017.

ISRO is considering what could be the next Astrosat-follow on mission. While addressing the students at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, he said, “There is some discussion with an international body, and this discussion is in progress, on whether we can set up a telescope on moon.”

India’s first dedicated multi wave length space observatory Astrosat was launched in September 2015 for studying black holes and neutron stars.

Currently, there is a remote telescope operational in Hanle, in Leh, Ladakh; the actual operation of which is done from Bengaluru with very minimal support provided from Hanle. The ISRO is exploring the possibility of similarly setting up a telescope in moon. The lack of an atmosphere ensures that there is no atmospheric effect making it an advantage.

“These are under discussion and may be in future we will come up with what kind of scientific observation capability we will have for ourselves,” said Kiran Kumar.  He also mentioned that various tests related to Chandrayan 2 mission is under progress and is expected to take place by the end of 2017. Another planetary mission, Aditya, to study Sun is expected in 2018.