India’s Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has completed more than 9,000 orbits around the Moon, and images and scientific instruments on board have provided excellent data, officials said on Monday.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is holding a two-day Lunar Science Workshop 2021, which began Monday, to commemorate the completion of two years of operation of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft around lunar orbit.
In his inaugural address, ISRO President K Sivan said the eight payloads aboard the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are performing remote sensing and in-situ observations of the Moon at an altitude of about 100 km from the lunar surface.
“To date, Chandrayaan-2 has completed more than 9,000 orbits around the Moon,” added Sivan, also secretary of the Department of Space (DoS).
According to Bengaluru-based ISRO, the scientific documents and data product were released by Sivan, along with payload data from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter.
“Scientific data is being made available for analysis by academia and institutes, for greater participation and bringing more science to the Chandrayaan-2 mission,” said ISRO.
Sivan said he reviewed the scientific results and found them “very encouraging”.
Apex Science Council Chair, ISRO AS Kiran Kumar said imaging and scientific instruments aboard the Chandrayaan-2 satellite have provided excellent data.
“The Chandrayaan-2 has really incorporated many new features into its instruments that are taking the observations carried out on the Chandrayaan-1 to a newer and higher level,” added Kiran Kumar, former President of ISRO.
Chandrayaan-2 Project Director Vanitha M said all orbiter subsystems were working fine.
“We hope to be able to get good data from the spacecraft for many more years,” she said.
Vanitha said the loads of images from the orbiter – TMC-2 (Terrain Mapping Camera-2), IIRS (Imaging IR Spectrometer) and OHRC (Orbiter High Resolution Camera) sent us breathtaking pictures of the moon.
The two-day workshop, organized by ISRO, is being streamed live on the space agency’s website and Facebook page, to effectively reach students, academia and institutes, and engage the scientific community to analyze data from Chandrayaan-2, an ISRO statement said.
The scientific results of the eight payloads are being presented by scientists at the workshop being held virtually.
In addition, there will be lectures on the mission, tracking, operations and data archiving aspects of Chandrayaan-2.
Along with ISRO/DoS scientists, there will also be lectures on lunar science to be given by scientists from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Calcutta, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, it was stated.