Q. Consider the following statements regarding Khagolshala Asteroid Search Campaign (KASC)
1. It is an initiative of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
2. The high-quality astronomical data sets are distributed to students for analysis and identification of asteroids.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B

Recently Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya students have detected Eight Asteroids as part of the Khagolshala Asteroid Search Campaign 2021. 

About Khagolshala Asteroid Search Campaign: 

  • Khagolshala Asteroid Search Campaign(KASC) is an initiative of the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India, and SPACE Foundation. 
  • The campaign is the India chapter of an international student research program that has got students involved in the search for asteroids. 
  • Under the campaign, high-quality astronomical data sets are distributed to students through the PANSTARRS telescope for analysis and identification of asteroids. 
  • The students then analyze the data using software, which then leads to potential discoveries. 
  • These observations feed into the Near-Earth Object(NEO) data being compiled by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). 

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