Some aimless wandering across the WWW brought be across the website for Chandra – The X-Ray Observatory. Chandra is one of NASA‘s four Great Observatories and is named after the Indian astrophysicist Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar. The site is a treasure-trove of information for people who are interested in Astronomy and are fascinated by the vastness up above us called Space. Though I am no big enthusiast, I was looking around for pics of the recent Lunar Eclipse and was really fascinated to see the site.
Chandra was launched into space in the year 1999 from Columbia and has been constantly orbiting the Earth, returning valuable information and pictures from the deepest echelons of the Solar System. Chandra’s most recent mission was a close fly-by of Jupiter – the biggest planet in the Solar System.
On February 28, 2007, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Jupiter on its ultimate journey to Pluto. This flyby gave scientists a unique opportunity to study Jupiter using the package of instruments available on New Horizons, while coordinating observations from both space- and ground-based telescopes including NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. (Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SwRI/R.Gladstone et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage (AURA/STScI)
Chandra would then go onto the other outer-planets and its ultimate destination is Pluto, an erstwhile planet! The site also chronicles Chandra’s contribution in discovering light echo from the Milky Way’s umpteen Black holes. Other articles that are a must-read are the Top 10 Facts about Chandra, Current Location, how it was named Chandra. I’ve bookmarked the site for further reading and I recommend everyone who is fascinated by Space and the myriad of secrets it holds, to do so.