Chandrayaan-2 orbiter will map regions of the moon that have never seen sunlight: ISRO
we (also) have a very high-resolution camera with a large spectral range, says AS Kiran Kumar.
“We are expecting results (from this mission that are) far better (than Chandrayaan-1). Because we will be able to map the permanently shadowed regions using our microwave dual-frequency sensors,” AS Kiran Kumar, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said on the sidelines of a convocation at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Thursday. “And then we (also) have a very high-resolution camera with a large spectral range”.
On July 22, India launched its second moon mission with an aim to land a lander and rover on the moon’s surface. The spacecraft had a orbiter that is currently orbiting around 100 km over the moon. It has eight instruments that include a high-resolution camera with the ability to capture images as low as 0.3 metres on the moon’s surface.
On September 7, Isro’s attempt to do a soft landing of its lander Vikram on the moon failed as it lost contact with the spacecraft around 2.1 km above the lunar surface. Isro chairman K Sivan has confirmed that the landing was not smooth or had a “hard landing”. The space agency’s attempts to communicate with the lander, which has tumbled and is in a tilted position, has been futile till date. Kiran Kumar, who has advised Sivan during the Chandrayaan-2 programme, did not want to comment on the current status of the lander saying the “organisation will comment “ “Except for the final landing activities, all other activities that were planned (is successful). The orbiter is providing excellent results in comparison with Chandrayaan-1,” Kumar said.
“ We have two of the instruments which we carried from NASA JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) earlier. This time, we have instruments which have outperformed both in terms of spectral range from three microns to five microns and instead of one synthetic aperture radar to two frequency radar. So, there are many new capabilities in this which actually helps us achieve better results,” he said.