Media mentions

I’ve been mentioned in the media/press on several occasions. Here is a compilation of the most notable ones.

Brown University

“We were thrilled to delve into the scientific importance of our Imbrium landing site and how what we engineer can greatly enhance scientific output of the mission,” said Jatan Mehta, science officer at TeamIndus, a partner of ORBITBeyond’s that was instrumental in designing the ECA rover.

– Brown University News: Brown students team with space exploration company on Moon mission planning

The Wire

Jatan Mehta wrote a comprehensive article for The Wire Science about the important specifics of this mission (plus some trivia!).

– The Wire Science Editor, Mukunth: A Pre-Launch Review of Chandrayaan 2

Today, the Mk III flew its first operational flight. The significance of this mirrors the difference between developmental and operational flights. According to Jatan Mehta, a science officer at TeamIndus, developmental flights have the following additional characteristics (quoted verbatim from email).

– The Wire Science Editor, Mukunth: Today Is a Historic Day for ISRO for Two Reasons. Chandrayaan 2 Is Just One

The Hindu

The key challenge of landers is the large communication lag once it starts descending. The NASA’s Mars mission had its equivalent seven minutes of terror like the ISRO’s 15 minutes of today. This is a technological limitation that, even in principle, cannot be overcome,” according to Jatan Mehta, science writer and a former science officer with Team Indus

– Jacob Koshy, Deputy Science Editor, The Hindu: Landers are always on slippery slope

Hindustan TImes

Experts agree that the chances of the LRO spotting the lander during the current flyover are small. “It will be difficult to find the lander during the current flyover as the angle of the sun will be low. And, if the lander is close to any relief feature, then the lander will get hidden in its shadow. The LRO will have better chances of getting a good image of the lander during its next flyover,” said Jatan Mehta

– Anonna Dutt in Hindustan Times: Vikram lander not in ‘field of view’, NASA orbiter camera fails to capture its image

“At the end of the day, the cameras on-board our own and Nasa’s orbiter are trying to find an object that is of just a couple of metres in dimension from a distance of nearly 100 km. That means it would be captured in just about four pixels,” Jatan Mehta, former science officer at TeamIndus

– Anonna Dutt in Hindustan Times: Chandrayaan 2 orbiter on track as window to relink with lander shrinks

livemint

“While we are far from a multi-planetary future, its prime early-stage technological requirement, in addition to the soft landing, is building effective mobile platforms for exploration of planetary bodies. It is why the Russian Lunokhod rovers were a big deal and so is the current Chang’e 4 rover Yutu 2. (The rover) Pragyan represents India’s first foray into designing a platform capable of traversing foreign landscapes and delivering good science. Much is expected of the two spectrometers on board Pragyan, which could find pristine materials from the lunar crust in the landing region, formed at least 3.8 billion years ago,” said Jatan Mehta, a former science officer at TeamIndus.

– Srishti Choudhary in livemint: Chandrayaan-2’s final descent to begin Saturday night

Medium

Jatan’s talents encompass topics such as astrophysics, alien life, space technology, and (most prominently) the Moon. One of Jatan’s goals as a writer is to renew global interest in going back to the Moon, so that it may fuel our exploration of the solar system, both metaphorically and literally.

– Brandon Weigel in “My Favorite Medium Space Writers