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India’s Space based Observatory ASTROSAT completes 3 years of service

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A few days after the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) marked four years in space, another important mission by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) completed three years.

Astrosat, India’s first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory, completed three years in space last week. ISRO celebrated the anniversary by its ‘Picture of the month’ post on its website.For the last one year, the space agency has been posting images captured by the instruments onboard the observatory every month under the title ‘picture of the month’. To mark Astrosat ’s third anniversary, ISRO posted images of the observatory a few days ago.

It has posted two images of the fully assembled Astrosat and an illustration of the observatory with sensors. The pictures help space technology enthusiasts identify each of the five telescopes of the observatory.

The observatory has five instruments onboard, all of which can look at the same piece of the sky simultaneously. These five telescopes give Astrosat the capability of observing in the ultraviolet, X-ray and gamma-ray bands.

These five instruments include ultraviolet imaging telescope (UVIT), the soft X-ray telescope (SXT), the large area X-ray proportional counter (LAXPC), the cadmium-zinc-telluride imager (CZTI) and the scanning sky monitor (SSM).

By : Times of India

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