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Space telescope deteriorating fast

SCIENTISTS ARE unable to view the changes of developments occurring in the universe for the past three years due to poor state of the floating space telescope. The condition of the telescope is fast deteriorating and it may stop viewing important developments in the universe in the next few years. The above apprehension was expressed by a Nasa scientist and principal engineer at the jet propulsion laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology, Dr Bedabrata Pain. He was talking to the HT, while attending Umang 2006, the film festival at the IIT-K.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2006 01:18 IST
GP Varma

SCIENTISTS ARE unable to view the changes of developments occurring in the universe for the past three years due to poor state of the floating space telescope. The condition of the telescope is fast deteriorating and it may stop viewing important developments in the universe in the next few years.

The above apprehension was expressed by a Nasa scientist and principal engineer at the jet propulsion laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology, Dr Bedabrata Pain. He was talking to the HT, while attending Umang 2006, the film festival at the IIT-K.

Dr Pain said: “The space telescope which has been floating in the space for the past fifteen years has now lost its active life. It is degenerating fast. It is now impossible for it to record all the minute changes taking place in the universe.”

He said, “Each year two per cent pick-cells of the telescope which help imaging, are falling on the earth. It has stopped giving clear pictures. At present scientists have no alternatives. It cannot be repaired in the space. The only thing is to develop a new space telescope and release it in the space.”

He said scientists were making untiring efforts to develop new space telescope. “But there is no hope of developing a new telescope before 2015. Till that time scientists have to satisfy themselves with the half or mutilated information sent by the telescope.”

It is worth mentioning that Dr Pain has invented one centimetre by one centimetre camera which is being frequently used in cellular phones and also in various space programmes. For this very development, Dr pain was given a cash award of fifty thousand dollars by the NASA and heused the money to produce the film ‘Amu’ with his wife Sonali Bose.

First Published: Jan 08, 2006 01:18 IST