Completing two years of its launch, the Chandrayaan-2 mission is still delivering critical observations to ISRO as it completes 9,000 orbits around the moon. While inaugurating a two-day lunar science workshop marking the completion of two years of Chandrayaan-2, ISRO chief K.Sivan stated the spacecraft has detected minor elements of manganese and chromium through remote sensing.
Despite losing both its rover and lander, the Chandrayaan-2 is working effectively in sending data that will be further examined and can bring new discoveries in the lunar study. “Till date, Chandrayaan-2 has completed more than 9,000 orbits around the Moon,” said Sivan, who is also Secretary in the Department of Space (DoS).
Sivan further added that the eight payloads onboard Chandrayaan-2 have been conducting scientific observations of the moon by remote sensing and in-situ techniques. He also said that Chandrayaan-2 will be able to help in understanding the evolution of the inner solar system as Moon which is an airless celestial body, has preserved the signatures of the events that took place in the early years of the solar system.
Despite failing to do the soft landing on the darker side of the moon, the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter with its eight payloads onboard for mapping the lunar surface and the moon’s outer surface has been successful in sending back data and is also expected to be operational for more than five years.