5 mind boggling facts about NASA and ISRO's joint satellite mission in 2024

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Ayush Singh

Nov 28, 2023

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(ISRO) is all set to launch a new space mission - NISAR - in collaboration in with the US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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5 things to know about NISAR space mission

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 A joint venture between space agencies NASA and ISRO, NISAR is short for NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar. When it is launched, NISAR will be the first radar imaging satellite to use dual frequencies.

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The total cost of the NISAR project is USD 1.5 billion, which comes out to ₹12,505 crore in Indian currency. This makes the joint project the most expensive Earth imaging satellite in the world.

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NISAR is likely to be launched in January 2024, and will use its advanced radar imaging technology to map the elevation and movement of Earth's land masses and ice sheets four to six times a month, at a resolution of 5-10 metres.

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The main aim of the NISAR satellite is the observe the most complex natural processes of the planet, including ecosystem disturbances, ice-sheet collapse, as well as earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides.

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The data collected by NISAR will be helpful for scientists and experts to know more about the evolution of the Earth's crust, predict and analyse natural disasters and understant more about the natural resources of the planet. The data will be made available for free.

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