Overview for The Mysterious Moon & India's Chandrayaan Mission
Fifty years of direct exploration of the Moon has taught us that Moon is one of the most mysterious objects in the solar system. The more we learn about it, scientifically more enigmatic it becomes. To unravel this mystery several missions for direct exploration of the Moon are underway by many countries. This series of missions includes India’s Chandrayaan-1 mission, which is all set for launch soon and will be followed by Chandrayan-2 in a few years. This book presents, in simple language, the motivation for this mission to Moon in the framework of the unresolved problems in lunar science. Meant mainly for the inquisitive students, the subject is dealt with a view to highlight the science aspects and in this respect it is different from the information available in other publications or on the web.
Narendra Bhandari (Author)
Professor Narendra Bhandari is a renowned planetary scientist. He has been associated with the study of Moon since the direct exploration began in 1960’s and was amongst the first group of scientists who investigated the samples brought by the American Apollo and Soviet Luna missions. He has been associated with the Chandrayaan-1 mission since its inception and was part of the Moon mission task force constituted by ISRO to define the science objectives and payloads for the first Indian mission to the Moon. Later he was a member of the Science Advisory Board of Chandrayaan-1. He was the President of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (2004-2006).