ISRO released to public the initial data from Chandrayaan-2
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Sci & Tech
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released to public the initial data from Chandrayaan-2.
- It was India’s second Moon mission, which was launched on July 22, 2019.
- The Orbiter, which was injected into a lunar orbit on September 2, 2019, carried eight experiments/payloads, all of which have been performing well and sending data received.
- The public release data archived at the Indian Space Science Data Center (ISSDC) in Byalalu (Bengaluru) is prepared in the standard, globally followed planetary data system-4 (PDS4) format for public release.
- The ISSDC is the nodal center of planetary data archive for planetary missions of ISRO.
Chandrayaan-2 key facts:
- 1st space mission to conduct a soft landing on the Moon’s south polar region
- 1st Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface with home-grown technology
- It is India’s first interplanetary mission to be steered by two women: project director M Vanitha and mission director Ritu Karidhal.
- 1st Indian mission to explore the lunar terrain with home-grown technology
- 4th country ever to soft land on the lunar surface