The recent dramatic events around the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Schiaparelli lander’s arrival on Mars in mid-October 2016 are a wonderful example of the cooperation of space flight and radio astronomy.
The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) located at Pune, India, was ‘listening in’ and tracking the flight of Schiaparelli as it landed on the surface of Mars.
You can read more about this historic event here.
Photo: “The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope for radio astronomical research at metre wavelengths. GMRT is a very versatile instrument for investigating a variety of radio astrophysical problems ranging from nearby Solar system to the edge of observable Universe. Credit: National Centre for Radio Astrophysics – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research”.