ISRO Chairman, K Sivan said the eight payloads on board the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are conducting remote sensing and in-situ observations of the Moon at around 100 km altitude from the lunar surface. The science data are being made available for analysis by academia and institutes, for a greater participation to bring out more science from Chandrayaan-2 mission.
Marking a year of the Chandrayaan-2 integrated module having been inserted into lunar orbit, the ISRO has released its initial set of technical and mission data. It goes on to state that, though the soft-landing was unsuccessful, the orbiter had completed 4400 orbits around the moon. While the orbiter was meant to stay operational for one year, ISRO says that it has enough fuel for remaining in orbit for seven years.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday said that the Chandrayaan-2 completed one year on the Moon orbit. Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into the lunar orbit on August 20, 2019. It was on July 22, 2019, the GSLV rocket, nicknamed `Bahubali`, blasted off from the second launch pad at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Shanmuga also stated that it has rolled out a few metres from the skeleton of Vikram lander, whose payloads got disintegrated due to rough landing. He claimed that the debris he found was of Langmuir probe from the Vikram lander. While orbiting the moon in 100 km lunar polar orbit, Vikram Lander was separated from Orbiter on September 02, 2019, in preparation for landing and was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km before communication from the lander to ground stations was lost.
The NASA posted images clicked by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Camera, showing the site`s changes on the Moon and the impact point before and after the spacecraft had made a hard-landing on the lunar surface. It also showed the impact spot of the lander and an associated debris field created by the crash with blue and green dots respectively.