Q&A: Chandra Mission
Can you identify some "practical" uses of Chandra?
Chandra's main mission is to teach us about the
Universe that we live in which has indirect benefits, e.g. by inspiring students to take
an interest in math and physics, or showing people how complicated and
beautiful the Universe is. There may also be long-term benefits from
technological spin-offs, and even longer term benefits when we try to leave
Earth for other planets. Chandra, for example, may be able to provide
useful information about the solar wind and potential radiation effects on
astronauts. If the sky is the limit, we'd better know what's out there!