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Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter performs well

Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter performs well

ISRO Chief K Sivan said that Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is performing well and has begun experiments.

Despite the Vikram lander losing communication with the ground station unexpectedly, the orbiter is performing well as it is supposed to.

He said that a national-level committee is working on missing the communication with lander Vikram.

ISRO will work on the plan after the submission of the report by the committee. They are working to provide necessary approvals that are required for this process.

While speaking at an event in Ahmedabad, Sivan stated that the next focus of ISRO will be a mission to send a probe to the Sun.

ISRO is also focusing on sending humans to space on an Indian spacecraft and is working on a rocket to launch small satellites.

He said that Gaganyaan is the most important mission for ISRO and they are working hard for it. It is a manned mission to space and is scheduled to be launched in 2022.

The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter carries onboard eight payloads to perform experiments.

The experiments would be carried out by the orbiter including:

Mapping the lunar space. It provides clues about the Moon’s evolution and aids in preparation of 3D maps of the lunar surface.

Looking for the existence of important elements like Aluminium, Magnesium, Silicon, Titanium, Calcium, Iron, and Sodium on the lunar surface.

Evaluating the quantity of iced water in the polar region of the Moon.

All these experiments will be carried by the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter in the coming years.

Though the orbiter was originally scheduled to last one year, it is expected to last up to seven years like the Mars orbiter, Mangalyaan.

Mangalyaan was originally supposed to last six months, but it is still in operation. Like that, the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 is also expected to be in operation longer than it was supposed to be originally.

Image credit: Artist’s rendering of NASA’s Aqua Satellite Orbiting Earth image by AIRS, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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