Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter has life expectancy of 7 years, 95% of mission accomplished

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday said that 90 to 95 per cent of the Chandrayaan-2 mission objectives have been accomplished successfully and it would continue contributing to Lunar science despite the loss of communication with the Lander. ISRO said that the precise launch and mission management had ensured a long life of almost seven years instead of the planned one year for the orbiter.

“The Vikram Lander followed the planned descent trajectory from its orbit of 35 km to just below 2 km above the surface. All the systems and sensors of the Lander functioned excellently until this point and proved many new technologies such as variable thrust propulsion technology used in the Lander,” ISRO said while it is giving an update.

The success criteria was defined for each and every phase of the mission and till date 90 to 95 per cent of the mission’s objectives have been accomplished successfully and it would continue contributing to Lunar science by exploring various things, not withstanding the loss of communication with the Lander.

This was an such a unique mission which aimed at studying not just for l one area of the Moon but all the areas combining the exosphere (outermost layer of the earth’s atmosphere), the surface and as well as the sub-surface of the moon in a single mission.

“The orbiter camera is the highest resolution camera (0.3m) in any lunar mission so far and shall provide high resolution images which will be immensely useful to the global scientific community,” ISRO said, adding that the precise launch and mission management has ensured a long life of almost 7 years instead of the planned one year.

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