ISRO said that the global mapping of lunar surface and polar coverage is being done as per the mission plan, while the public publication of science data from Chandrayaan-2 will begin in October.
- Last Updated: July 23, 2020, 12:01 AM IST
India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 marked the completion of one year of launch by GSLV MkIII M1 on Wednesday, with the Indian Space Research Organization saying that all its eight payloads are performing well.
The space agency said the global mapping of lunar surface and polar coverage is being done as planned for the mission, while the public release of science data from Chandrayaan-2 for global use will begin in October.
“Extensive data has been obtained from the Chandrayaan-2 payload and criteria for a condensable gas for the presence of water-ice in the polar regions, X-ray based and infrared spectroscopic mineralogical information and the mid- and high-latitude presence of argon-40. ISRO said that on the Moon, which is freed internally by radio-active decay of 40 K.
The report on the major findings from Chandrayaan-2 science experiments was planned to be released at the annual lunar planetary science conference in March 2020, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The public release of science data from Chandrayaan-2 for global use will begin in October 2020, with details on how to access the data. Chandrayaan-2, intended to land a rover at the unpublished lunar south pole, was launched on July 22, 2019 in the country’s most powerful geosynchronous launch vehicle.
The spacecraft was placed in lunar orbit on August 20, 2019. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was India’s first attempt to land on the lunar surface.
ISRO planned to land on the south pole of the lunar surface. However, Lander Vikram was working hard in September last year. Its orbiter, which is still in lunar orbit, has a mission life of seven years. ISRO officials had earlier said that it would also be used for the third lunar mission.