• UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WWP: Gauchos End The Day With A Dominate Win And A Close Loss https://t.co/U0mHxrjEPb
    3 hours 10 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WBB: Gauchos Share The Cape In All-Around 74-62 Win Over Hawai'i On Super Hero Night https://t.co/7JozUy4Wi1
    4 hours 32 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    Vincent Hits 1,000 Point Mark But UCSB Loses at UC Riverside, 65-55 https://t.co/rvtR2CFZwU
    5 hours 24 min ago
  • ArtsandLectures twitter avatar
    Tune in to @prairie_home to hear @odonovanaoife & pals performing songs from #lalaland! Now on KCLU
    6 hours 8 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WBB: FINAL UCSB 74 - Hawaii 62 Gauchos rack up season-best 4th straight win, improve to 9-9 (4-1). Edelman 19pts 6reb, Toler 17pts off bench
    6 hours 30 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WBB: We're inside the last minute of regulation, Toler with 10 points in the final quarter. 71-60 UCSB 46.1 remaining.
    6 hours 35 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WBB: Gauchos roar off the first 8pts and Hawaii needs to talk about it! 58-45 UCSB 7:54 remaining in the fourth quarter.
    6 hours 52 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WBB: End of Third Quarter UCSB 50 - Hawaii 45 Hernandez goes for 8pts in 3Q. Gaucho pep band is ready for the fourt… https://t.co/VDP5Er1MZ1
    6 hours 58 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WBB: Gauchos respond to a mini Hawaii run with a Durr and-one, and back-to-back 3's from Hernandez. 45-37 UCSB 4:56 left in 3Q.
    7 hours 8 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WBB: Halftime UCSB 31 - Hawaii 26 Edelman with team highs 10pts and 3rebs. Gauchos a 14-8 pts in paint advantage, 11-2 off turnovers.
    7 hours 31 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WBB: Toler with an emphatic chase down block from behind! She has first 2 buckets for UCSB in 2Q. 27-19 Gauchos, 4:21 before halftime.
    7 hours 42 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WBB: End of First Quarter UCSB 23 - Hawaii 15. Porter leads all scorers with 9pts, 3/4 from downtown. Gauchos 11pts from 5 Hawaii turnovers.
    7 hours 52 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WBB: Gauchos sink their first 4 from the field, 3/3 from downtown and lead 18-9 at 1Q media break. Porter 2/2 for trey, Edelman doing work.
    7 hours 58 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    Growing an interest in nature: #UCSB students & Edible Campus Project plant seeds of sustainability in preschoolers https://t.co/dyoiFtroWo
    13 hours 41 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    Gauchos Travel to No. 7 UCLA https://t.co/JPxd6rq7Qt
    1 day 4 hours ago


Wednesday, July 21, 1999 - 17:00
Santa Barbara, CA

Jatila van der Veen, of the University of California, Santa Barbara's Department of Physics and co-winner of NASA's international contest responsible for naming the new x-ray observatory "Chandra," will be watching the launch just after midnight tonight at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Van der Veen is a lecturer and academic coordinator in UCSB's Department of Physics. The former Camarillo, Calif. high school teacher spent the last ten summers and semester breaks developing high school physics curricula at UCSB.

The co-winners were chosen from 6,000 entries from 50 states and 61 countries by a panel including prominent scientists, a space science executive and nationally recognized science reporters.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory will help astronomers understand the structure and evolution of the universe by studying powerful sources of X-rays such as exploding stars, matter falling into black holes and other exotic celestial objects. More than 45 feet long and weighing over five tons, it will be one of the largest objects ever placed in Earth orbit by the space shuttle.

"Chandra" is short for Chandrasekhar, which means moon or luminous in Sanskrit, and was the name of the late Indian-American Nobel laureate Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. Widely regarded as one of the foremost astrophysicists of the 20th Century, Chandrasekhar won the Nobel Prize in 1983 for his theoretical studies of physical processes important to the structure and evolution of stars.

In her contest entry van der Veen said, "I propose the name of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, who is famous for the Chandrasekhar Limit of 1.4 solar masses as the greatest mass possible for a white dwarf star. He was a courageous pioneer in astrophysics, and passed away just a few years ago. . . Chandra is depicted in the hand gestures of Bharata Natyam, the classical dance of South India, as a crescent moon, and is also used to indicate the passage of time as shown by the changing phases of the moon. I think this connotation, as well as being part of the name of a very prominent astrophysicist whose research on high energy astrophysical phenomena was crucial to our understanding of neutron stars and black holes, makes Chandra an appropriate name for the AXAF satellite."

According to NASA press materials, van der Veen realized that Chandra's pioneering work on the structure and evolution of stars was central to the kind of observations that NASA's premier X-ray telescope would be making. Also, she appreciated the literal translation of his name since she had spent a year in India studying dance, a life-long interest, thanks to a grant from the Indian government and the Smithsonian Institution.

For winning NASA's naming contest, van der Veen received the trip to the Kennedy Space Center to view the launch of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The expenses are donated by TRW, the company that designed and built the satellite.

Jatila van der Veen earned a master's degree in geophysics from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. She is nationally recognized in the field of education for her innovative ideas in teaching high school physics and astronomy. She started the astronomy program at the high school in Camarillo, Calif., where she taught.

The July 22 launch is also considered historic because in addition to deploying the world's most powerful x-ray telescope, it features the first female shuttle commander.