Chandrayaan-2 | Chandrayaan-2: ‘Chandrayaan-2’ found water on the moon! Chandrayaan-2 orbiter detects water molecules on lunar surface
‘Chandrayaan-2’ found water on the moon! Orbiter working.  |  Photo Credits: PTI
- ‘Chandrayaan-2’ detects the presence of water molecules on the Moon
- ‘Chandrayaan-2’ was launched on 22 July 2019
- Orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 mission still working fine
New Delhi : India’s second lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ has detected the presence of water molecules on the Moon. This has been revealed from the data obtained during the mission. A research paper written in collaboration with former Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) AS Kiran Kumar states that the instruments onboard ‘Chandrayaan-2’ also have an instrument named ‘Imaging Infrared Spectrometer’ (IIRS). Which is working related to a polar orbit of 100 km to obtain global scientific data.
H2O (water) molecules were found
The paper, published in the journal ‘Current Science’, said, “Preliminary data from IIRS clearly showed widespread hydration and presence of unmixed hydroxyl (OH) and water (H2O) molecules on the Moon between latitudes 29°N and 62°N”. It states that plagioclase-rich rocks have been found to contain more OH (hydroxyl) or possibly H2O (water) molecules than in the dark plains of the Moon.
Rover failed to make ‘soft landing’
‘Chandrayaan-2’ may not have yielded the desired results, but this development related to it matters a lot. India had sent its second lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ to the moon on 22 July 2019. However, the lander ‘Vikram’ in it was not successful in making a ‘soft landing’ in the South Pole region of the moon as planned on September 7 of the same year, due to which India’s dream of becoming the first country to land on the moon in the very first attempt. Could not complete.
orbiter still working
There was also a rover named ‘Pragyan’ inside the lander of ‘Chandrayaan-2’. The mission’s orbiter is still functioning well and it has been sending data to the country’s first lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-1’ which sent evidence of water ever on the moon.
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