Mangaldai: A young photographer from Assam -- Gautam Deka -- has won the ''Moon Shot'' competition which was organized by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
The competition was organized on the occasion of International Moon Day on July 20. International Moon Day is observed to mark the historic day of the landing of US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Collins on the Moon in 1969.
Notably, the results of the competition were declared on August 10 on the website of ISRO, where Deka made it to the top of the list.
An architecture graduate Deka hails from Katlipara in Mangaldai which falls under the Darrang district of Assam.
He switched over to photography as a profession in 2012 and later he developed an interest in Astro Photography.
Reportedly, Deka won first prize in the photography competition titled "Magnificent Assam" and second prize in "Traditional Assam" -- a photography contest organized by Assam Tourism in 2015.
International Moon Day 2022 has been chosen as a day to educate and promote awareness of the plight and possibilities of humanity. In collaboration with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), International Moon Day 2022 will be celebrated as an annual event and general public events will be held around the world.
The purpose of celebrating this day is to reach out to the general public, especially our younger generation, and teach them about astrology and astronomy.
In July this year, after releasing stunning coloured images of thousands of galaxies in our universe, NASA also unveiled outstanding images of Jupiter and spectra of several asteroids taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.
The data demonstrates Webb's ability to track solar system targets and produce images and spectra with unprecedented detail, the US space agency said in a statement.
New images show distinct bands that encircle Jupiter as well as the Great Red Spot, a storm big enough to swallow the Earth.