The orbiter is healthy, intact, functioning normally and safely in the Lunar orbit: ISRO officials

As per the ISRO officials, Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is healthy and safe is the lunar orbit as of now. It was one of the major statements by ISRO officials after the Vikram lander lost its contact with the ground stations just some minutes before the time of it touching down on the moon on Saturday.

The ISRO officials had stated that the orbiter is currently healthy, intact and also functioning normally. They said that the orbiter is now safe in the lunar orbit. The 2379 kg orbiter has a life of one year. The play loads of the orbiter will be conducting various remote sensing observations from a 100 km orbit.

The officials believe that the orbiter will help in enriching our understanding of the evolution of the moon and also in the mapping of minerals and water molecules that are present in the Polar Regions. The orbiters have their own eight state-of-the-art scientific instruments to collect these data.

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The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter also possesses a high-resolution camera of 0.3m and this is the best in any lunar mission that is capable of providing high-resolution pictures that will be useful for the global scientific community.

ISRO officials also said that the accurate launch and mission management of Chandrayaan-2 will be able to give it a life span of 7 years, instead of the planned one year.

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Chandrayaan-2 has an orbiter, lander named Vikram and a rover named Pragyan. The orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 carries eight scientific payloads that will be helpful in mapping the lunar surface and also for making a deep study about the exosphere, which is the outer atmosphere of the moon. In September ISRO was able to carry out the separation of the lander from the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2.

But during the early hours of Saturday, the Vikram lander lost its communication with the ground stations while on its powered descent of the surface of the moon.

by Ricky Tandon | Mon, Sep 09 - 11:00 AM

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