Chandrayaan-2 Completes One Year, Will Release Science Data for Global Use Soon

Jul 22, 2020

Chandrayaan 2 Mission Vikram Lander

The Indian space agency on Tuesday said public release of science data from Chandrayaan-2 for global use will begin in October.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) also said Tuesday marked an year of the launch of India’s second moon mission by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)-MkIII-M1.

It was on July 22, 2019, the GSLV rocket, nicknamed ‘Bahubali’, blasted off from the second launch pad at India’s rocket port in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

Chandrayaan 2 Mission Photos

Extensive data has been acquired from Chandrayaan-2 payloads and parameters are being derived for presence of water-ice in the polar regions, X-ray based and infrared spectroscopic mineral information, and mid and high-latitude presence of Argon-40, a condensable gas on the Moon which gets released internally by the radio-active decay, said ISRO.

The report on the major findings from Chandrayaan-2’s science experiments was planned to be released at the Annual Lunar Planetary Science Conference in March. However, it got cancelled due to Covid-19.

Chandrayaan 2 Mission Photos Data

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was inserted into lunar orbit on August 20, 2019.

All eight payloads on Chandrayaan-2 are performing well. The global mapping of lunar surface and polar coverage are being carried out as per the mission plan, ISRO said.