Chandrayaan-2 orbiter and lander revealed by ISRO in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) revealed the first look of the orbiter and lander that will be a part of the Chandrayaan-2 mission from the Satellite Integration and Testing Establishment at ISRO, Bengaluru.

The ISRO is working hard to ensure the launch of India's second mission to the moon, Chandrayaan 2, goes on schedule.

To showcase the progress, ISRO invited journalists at its Bengaluru testing facility where the first look of the Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter and the Vikram Lander was revealed.

India's second moon mission, Chandrayaan 2 has three modules: the Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and the Rover (Pragyan). The Rover will be house inside the Lander according to ISRO.  There will eight instruments on the orbiter however, there are no specific details of the instruments that it will be carrying along. The sixth Imaging Infra-Red Spectrometer (IIRS) of NASA, the only foreign payload, will be a part of the Orbiter.

The five-legged lander, called Vikram, will have three instruments onboard. They include the Radio Anatomy of Moon-Bound Hypersensitive Ionosphere and an Atmosphere Probe (Rambha) that will measure the lunar subsurface density and changes. The Chandra Surface Thermophysical Experiment (ChaSTE) will be used to measure the thermal temperature around the south pole of the moon. The Instrument for Lunar Seismic Activity (ILSA) will measure the seismicity or quake/ tremor-potential of the region.


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