India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission marked one year after its launch by the GSLV MkIII-M1 and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said all of its payloads were working well.
On July 22, 2019, ISRO launched the GSLV MkIII-M1 carrying Chandrayaan-2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. It continued to revolve around Earth’s orbit for 23 days, and on August 14, this craft began its journey to the moon.
The Chandrayaan-2 entered Lumar orbit on August 20, 2019.
On Tuesday, the Indian space agency confirmed that the eight payloads of Chandrayaan-2 are functioning well and that the global mapping of the lunar surface and polar cover is being carried out according to the mission plan.
In a statement, ISRO said: “A lot of data has been acquired from the Chandrayaan-2 payloads and parameters are derived for (i) the presence of water ice in the polar regions, (ii) X-ray and infrared-based spectroscopic mineral information and (iii) the presence of Argon-40 at mid and high latitudes, a condensable gas on the Moon that is released internally by radioactive decay of 40 K. “
Initially, ISRO planned to release the main findings of the Chandrayaan-2 science experiments at the Annual Lunar Planetary Science Conference in March 2020, but it was canceled due to coronavirus. Now the data will be released in October and details for accessing the data will be provided, he said.
The Orbiter Carrying High Resolution Camera Orbiter (OHRC) clicked on 22 orbiting images of the lunar surface with an area of nearly 1056 km² and is also being used to characterize landing sites for future missions.