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NASA Lauds Indian Astronomers On Discovery Of Farthest Star Galaxy

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New Delhi: Soon after a day when the Indian astronomers discovered one of the farthest Star galaxies in the universe estimated to be located 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) congratulated them and hailed the discovery.
“NASA congratulates the researchers on their exciting discovery,” NASA`s Public Affairs Officer Felicia Chou told ANI.
Chou further added, “Science is a collaborative effort around the world, and discoveries like these help further humankind`s understanding of where we come from, where are we going, and are we alone.”
Dr Kanak Saha, with his team of astronomers from the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) Pune discovered the galaxy called AUDFs01.
This is the landmark achievement for the nation’s first Multi-Wavelength Space Observatory “AstroSat.”
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNer), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said, “The galaxy called AUDFs01 was discovered by a team of Astronomers led by Dr Kanak Saha from the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) Pune,” as quoted by Livemint.
The discovery has also been reported in the international journal “Nature Astronomy” published from  Britain.
Singh congratulated India’s Space Scientists for once again proving to the world that the nation’s capability in Space technology has risen to a distinguished level, giving leads to the Space scientists in other parts of the world.
As per Professor Shyam Tondon, the excellent spatial resolution and high sensitivity is a tribute to the efforts of UVIT core team of scientists for over a decade.
The discovery is a crucial clue to how the dark ages of the Universe ended and after a long struggle the earliest source of light was found. “We need to know when this started, but it has been very hard to find the earliest sources of light,” Director of IUCAA, Dr Somak Ray Chaudhury said.
India’s first Space Observatory AstroSat was launched on September 28, 2015 by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

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