The Indian Space Research Organization has released an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) seeking proposals for scientific analysis and use of data from all experiments of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter.
According to ISRO, Chandrayaan-1’s data has been widely used by Indian researchers to understand lunar morphology, determination of surface age and lunar surface composition, as well as studies on the possible presence of magmatic and exogenous water.
“These studies have led to a more thoughtful picture of the moon’s evolutionary processes,” said the space agency headquartered in Bengaluru. “Such studies of Chandrayaan-1 have significantly expanded the Indian lunar science community”.
To further strengthen India’s research community for lunar science studies, Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payload data will be made available to the public and solicited scientific proposals for scientific analysis, it said.
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is currently in a 100 km x 100 km circular polar orbit around the moon and is conducting eight experiments for studies ranging from surface geology and composition to exospheric measurements that would build on the understanding of previous lunar missions.
On December 24, 2020, the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payload data was released for scientific analysis.
Subsequent datasets of payloads were then released in July 2021. A few scientific results from payload scientific teams have already been published in international peer-reviewed journals.
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payloads generate high-quality data, which is made available in the public domain (https://pradan.issdc.gov.in) for scientific analysis. To this will be added more data sets as obtained by different payloads, the space agency said.
“To improve the scientific results of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payloads, ISRO is seeking scientific proposals from the national scientific community through this AO, for scientific analysis and use of data from all Chandrayaan-2 orbiter experiments,” ISRO said.
The AO is open to all researchers from recognized academic institutions, universities, colleges, planetariums and government organizations of India, it was stated.
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