India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has completed more than 9,000 orbits around the moon, and imaging and onboard science instruments have provided excellent data, officials said Monday.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is holding a two-day 2021 Lunar Science Workshop, which began Monday, to commemorate the completion of two years of operation of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft orbiting the moon.
In his inaugural address, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said the eight payloads aboard the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are conducting remote sensing and in-situ observations of the moon about 100 km above the lunar surface.
“To date, the Chandrayaan-2 has completed more than 9,000 orbits around the moon,” added Sivan, also secretary of the Department of Space (DoS).
According to the Bengaluru-based ISRO, data product and scientific documents were released by Sivan along with data from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payloads.
“The scientific data will be made available for analysis by academia and institutes, for increased participation to bring forward more science of the Chandrayaan-2 mission,” ISRO said.
Sivan said he reviewed the scientific results and found them “very encouraging”.
Chairman of Apex Science Board, ISRO, AS Kiran Kumar said the imaging and scientific instruments aboard the Chandrayaan-2 satellite have provided excellent data.
“Chandrayaan-2 has really incorporated many new features into its instruments that take the sightings on Chandrayaan-1 to a newer and higher level,” added Kiran Kumar, a former ISRO chairman.
Chandrayaan-2 project director Vanitha M said all of the orbiter’s subsystems performed well.
“We hope we can get good data from the spacecraft for many years to come,” she said.
Vanitha said the orbiter’s imaging payloads — TMC-2 (Terrain Mapping Camera-2), IIRS (Imaging IR Spectrometer), and OHRC (Orbiter High Resolution Camera) — sent us breathtaking photos of the moon.
The two-day workshop, organized by ISRO, will be streamed live on the space agency’s website and Facebook page, in order to effectively reach the students, academia and institutes, and to engage the scientific community in analyzing Chandrayaan-2- data, an ISRO statement said.
The scientific results of the eight payloads are presented by the scientists in the virtual workshop.
In addition, there are lectures on the Chandrayaan-2 mission, tracking, operations and data archiving aspects.
Along with the scientists from ISRO/DoS, there will also be lectures on lunar science by scientists from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, it was stated.