‘ Aim for as­ter­oids, comets’

Chan­drayaan-1 ex­pert says tough to prove life ex­isted on red planet but Mars mis­sion on track

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - NATION - Vanita Sri­vas­tava ■ vanita.shri­vas­tava@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KOLKATA: Af­ter Mars, our next des­ti­na­tion should be as­ter­oids and comets. This was stated by Dr J N Goswami, Chan­drayaan1 mis­sion prin­ci­pal sci­en­tist and Phys­i­cal Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory di­rec­tor.

“From a sci­en­tific per­spec­tive, we must un­der­stand the early so­lar sys­tem. We must go to as­ter­oids and comets."

"Chan­drayaan-1 was a clas­sic ex­am­ple of in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tions in space ex­plo­rations. Main­tain­ing that prepa­ra­tions were un­der way on the Mars Mis­sion, he said: “If In­dia misses the 2013 slot and de­pends on PSLV, then the next slot can come only if 2018.”

On whether it could be proved that life ex­isted on Mars, he said we can't. "Life is some­thing dif­fer­ent. It is not molec­u­lar meth­ane so even if we find meth­ane or water on Mars, this will not prove that life ex­isted. "We have to ac­tu­ally find life to claim that life ex­isted on Mars."

CHIL­DREN AND WOMEN CON­GRESSES KICK OFF

The Chil­dren Sci­ence Congress was in­au­gu­rated by former pres­i­dent Dr APJ Ab­dul Kalam Kolkata on Fri­day. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Dr Kalam ex­horted the young minds to take sci­ence as a life mis­sion. "I would like to fo­cus on im­por­tance of two great needs — value to sci­ence and sci­en­tific mag­na­nim­ity."

The Women Sci­ence Congress was in­au­gu­rated by Union sci­ence & tech­nol­ogy min­ster Jaipal Reddy. The min­is­ter said women had taken gi­ant leaps in sci­ence and busi­ness.

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