India's Moon probe enters lunar orbit


India's Moon probe enters lunar orbit

The Moon Mission's payloads include equipment to map the polar region and search for water-ice at the sub-surface level, examine the Moon's neutral exosphere, conduct high-res topography mapping, study lunar ionosphere and generate digital elevation model of the Moon, derive the elemental composition of the Moon's surface, and provide solar-ray spectrum inputs for CLASS.

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ISRO Chairman K Sivan implied that besides being a precursor to India's manned mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan 2 has a big role to play in providing data to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for their ambitious Artemis mission.

Chandrayaan-2's lunar orbit update follows the mission's successful launch, which took place last month.

Chandrayaan-2 is India's second mission for Moon exploration.

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For now, Chandrayaan-2 will orbit the Moon in progressively smaller orbits till it reaches a distance of 100km from the Moon's surface after which the lander will separate from the orbiter.

With this successful mission, India has become the fourth country to launch a spacecraft intact on the Moon.

"That will be the terrifying 15 minutes of landing as everything should go well", Annadurai said.

"We have done enough tests and simulations on systems, sub-system, and sensors".

ISRO said the health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex in the southern city of Bengaluru and all systems are healthy.

The almost 150 million USA dollars worth of Moon Mission aims at gathering data on water, minerals and rock formations on the lunar surface.

The lander (named Vikram, after the founder of Isro) weighs about half as much, and carries within its belly a 27kg Moon rover with instruments to analyse the lunar soil.

"While there, we will also explore discoveries made by Chandrayaan 1, such as the presence of water molecules on the Moon and new rock types with unique chemical composition", it was stated. "This is an important step in the landmark journey to the moon".

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