The Indian Space Research Organization has said that the observations of the orbiter payload of Chandrayaan-2 have discovered the Discovery class. Eight scientific payloads were installed on this vehicle. This week ISRO started its scientific discussion about the science related to the moon.
For this, a two-day Lunar Science Workshop was organized, in which the data from Chandrayaan-2 was also released. The workshop was conducted in online mode to mark the completion of 2 years of it in the Moon's orbit. ISRO Chairman and Secretary in the Department of Space K Sivan inaugurated the workshop and released the documents on the results and data products of Chandrayaan-2.
Chromium and manganese were found on the surface of the Moon. Its Infra-Red Spectrometer payload IIRS has collected evidence of the presence of hydroxyl and water-ice on the surface of the Moon. The DFSAR instrument examined the inner surface of the Moon, which showed the possibility of water-ice. Simultaneously, this instrument performed high-resolution mapping of features of the Moon's polar regions.
K Sivan said that the observations of Chandrayaan-2 have yielded very interesting scientific results. These are being published in the journal and are being presented in international meetings. Chandrayaan-2 has taken pictures of the Moon from a distance of 100 km. Shapes of mountains and volcanoes have also been identified on the Moon.
Chandrayaan-2 was the second Indian spacecraft sent to investigate the Moon. It will explore the Moon for seven years. This included an orbiter, a lander named Vikram, and a rover named Pragyan to probe the Moon's south pole. It was launched on 22 July 2019 from Sriharikota Spaceport on GSLV Mk-III. It entered the lunar orbit on 20 August 2019.
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