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ISRO’s Chandrayaan- 2 orbiter got big success, saw water molecules on the moon

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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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 found during the mission. The orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 mission is currently also orbiting the Moon, due to which these figures have been found.

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Global scientific data from IIRS device

In a research paper written in collaboration with AS Kiran Kumar, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), it has been said that the device installed in ‘Chandrayaan-2’ has a device named ‘Imaging Infrared Spectrometer’ (IIRS). There is also a device that is working on a polar orbit of 100 km to obtain global scientific data.

This event is very important

The report, published in the journal ‘Current Science’, said, “Early data from IIRS clearly shows widespread hydration and presence of immiscible 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 molecules than in the dark plains of the Moon.’Chandrayaan-2′ may not have yielded the expected results, but this development related to it matters a lot.

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Orbiter still working fine

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 completed. There was also a rover named ‘Pragyan’ inside the lander of ‘Chandrayaan-2’. The mission’s orbiter is still working well and it has been sending data to the country’s first lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-1’ which sent evidence of water ever being on the moon.

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