New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) marked the first anniversary of the launch of its ambitious spacecraft project Chandrayaan-2 on Wednesday, as last year on 22nd July, Chandrayaan-2 was launched by GSLV-Mk-III-M1 launcher from Satish Dhawan Research Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.

The Chandrayaan-2  was established into the lunar orbit on 20th August, 2019, marking a significant leap in Space Technology as compared to the previous missions of ISRO, as it launched together an Orbiter, a Lander ‘Vikram’, and a Rover ‘Pragyan’ synchronised together to explore south pole of the Moon.

ISRO said that all eight payloads are working well and the polar coverage of the moon surface is going as planned. The space organisation is analysing the data to find out various aspects of the mission’s goal. It incudes the findings to ascertain the presence of water-ice in Moon’s polar regions, minerals, and the radioactive gases as well.

Chandrayaan-2 findings to be released in October

ISRO said that the public release of its Chandrayaan-2 data for worldwide use will start from October, 2020 onward. Earlier, these findings were supposed to be presented in Annual Lunar Planetary Science Conference, in the USA’s Houston in March-2020, but the schedule was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Repost @chandrayan_3 Chandrayaan-2 marked one year of completion of launch by GSLV MkIII –M1 today🛰️ The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was inserted into lunar orbit on August 20, 2019. All eight payloads on Chandrayaan-2 are performing well. The global mapping of lunar surface and polar coverage are being carried out as per the mission plan🚀 Extensive data has been acquired from Chandrayaan-2 payloads and parameters are being derived for (i) presence of water-ice in the polar regions, (ii) X-ray based and Infrared spectroscopic mineral information and (iii) mid and high latitude presence of Argon-40, a condensable gas on the Moon which gets released internally by the radio-active decay of 40 K. The report on the major findings from Chandrayaan-2 science experiments was planned to be released at the Annual Lunar Planetary Science Conference in March 2020; however, due to COVID-19, it has been cancelled. Public release of Science data from Chandrayaan-2 for global use will begin in October 2020, wherein details for accessing the data will be provided. Credits- @ddnational

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Chandrayaan-2 was considered a partial success

The Chandrayaan-2 mission met a partial success due to crash landing of the Lander ‘Vikram’ on the moon’s surface reportedly due to a last-minute guiding software glitch, according to an internal report presented by ISRO to the Space Commission.

Chandrayaan-2 will be succeeded by Chandrayaan-3 mission, which after being approved by the Central government, was earlier scheduled to launch by the end of 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the tentative schedule of the launch to the end of 2021, ISRO chief Dr K Sivan said in an interview recently.

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