The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in a fresh update said that the payloads on the Chandrayaan 2 orbiter were providing an excellent quality of data about the Moon and that the same was being analysed by the payload teams.
The data accessed by the payload teams was shared and discussed with the Thematic Lunar Science working group members from non-ISRO institutions at the fourth Lunar science meet and Chandrayaan 2 Data Analysis Workshop. The interaction was held at the Indian Space Science Data Centre (ISSDC), Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) campus, Byalalu between 6 and 7 January 2020.
The science meet was attended by 70 participants, among which 30 are from non-ISRO institutions like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Universities and various Colleges, and the payload teams closely interacted with the attendees regarding their involvement in data analysis and interpretation.
“The Lunar science meets provide a forum wherein the payload scientists from ISRO/ DOS and the lunar science community in the country openly discuss and outline the ways to enhance the science outcome from Chandrayaan-2 mission,” says the ISRO website.
Chandrayaan 2 orbiter payload teams presented the data analysis methodologies for converting raw data to science products. This was followed by extensive interaction with users and hands-on training sessions using sample data-sets from Chandrayaan 2 orbiter payloads.
Computer terminals at ISSDC were provided to the users during hands-on. Experts in the field presented their ideas and suggested new science which could emerge from Chandrayaan 2 data.
ISRO Chandrayaan 3 and the Future Roadmap
Recently, Dr K Sivan, ISRO Chairman, confirmed the plans to launch Chandrayaan 3. Dr Sivan said that the Chandrayaan 3 mission to the moon, comprising a lander and a rover is approved by the Government and activities for its realisation are in progress.
The roadmap on Chandrayaan 3 has been presented to the Space Commission, and works on future lunar missions are progressing based on the final analysis and recommendations of the expert committee.