Workshop on Exploration of Asteroids and Comets

Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has started an exciting planetary exploration program. It is to create awareness in the challenging area of planetary Science and Exploration. As part of this a workshop will be held in Mt Abu from January 2.

The workshop 12th in series is on “Exploration of Asteroids and Comets.  The five day workshop will consist of lectures by experts, group discussions,tutorials, presentations by participants and possible sky watch with Mt. Abu infrared telescope.

Based on the performance at the Workshop, interested and highly motivated participants will be offered the opportunities for further intensive training in specialized fields in Planetary Sciences under the PLANEX programme.

After the successful Chandrayaan-1, the first Indian mission to Moon, Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled for launch in 2014 and a Mars mission is under planning. Exploration of Asteroids and Comets will be a near future objective.
With the aim of creating awareness amongst students and research scholars, particularly in the Universities and other Research Laboratories and Academic Institutions and to attract bright talented students to take up research work in the challenging area of Planetary Science and Exploration, the PLANEX programme of ISRO has been organizing periodic workshops and training programmes.

Final year M.Sc. students in Physics, Chemistry and Earth/Planetary/Space Sciences, final year B.E./B.Tech./M.Tech. students as well as Research Scholars working towards their Ph.D. degree may apply. Applications from Post-Doctoral Fellows and Teachers/Lecturers (below 35 years) will also be considered.

Selected participants (about 35) will be provided travel support (Sleeper class by train or Bus), accommodation and boarding for the duration of the workshop, according to a notification.

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