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Mrs. Lalitha Chandrasekhar poses with a model of the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the winners of the contest to rename the telescope.

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Mrs. Lalitha Chandrasekhar (left), wife of the late Indian-American Nobel Laureate Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, poses with a model of the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the winners of the contest to rename the telescope in the TRW Media Hospitality Tent at the NASA Press Site at KSC. The winners of the contest are Jatila van der Veen (center), academic coordinator and lecturer, Physics Dept., University of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Tyrel Johnson (right), high school student, Laclede, Idaho. The name "Chandra," a shortened version of Chandrasekhar's name which he preferred among friends and colleagues, was chosen to honor the Nobel Laureate. "Chandra" also means "Moon" or "luminous" in Sanskrit. The observatory is scheduled to be launched aboard Columbia on Space Shuttle mission STS-93

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  • Title: Mrs. Lalitha Chandrasekhar poses with a model of the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the winners of the contest to rename the telescope.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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