After Chandrayaan mission, ISRO eyes dying stars, exo-planets

In the wake of its triumphant Chandrayaan (Moon) mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now gearing up to unlock the enigmas surrounding dying stars and exo-planets.

The Indian space agency’s ambitious agenda includes a mission dedicated to scrutinizing Venus, launching two satellites to delve into space’s climatic behavior and its repercussions on Earth, and the blueprint for a spacecraft landing on Mars.

ISRO Chairman S Somanath recently unveiled that the XPoSat, also known as the X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite, designed for the exploration of radiant X-ray pulsars or stars in their twilight, is all set for liftoff in December of this year.

Further, ISRO has also conceiving a satellite called ExoWorlds, a mission for looking at exo-solar planets or planets that are outside our solar system and orbiting other stars.

As of now, the existence of more than 5,000 identified exo-planets, out of which around 100 are deemed to possess atmospheres.

The ExoWorlds mission is primed to scrutinize these exo-planets’ atmospheres, aiming to ascertain their habitability and potential to harbor life.

Also, the plans for a Mars Lander Mission by ISRO is in the conceptual stages as of now, indicating ISRO’s ongoing commitment to unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos.