ISRO seeks suggestions for the analysis and use of Chandrayaan-2 orbiter data
The Indian space research organization has published an “Announcement of Opportunity” (AO), in which proposals for scientific analysis and use of data from all experiments of the orbiter Chandrayaan-2 are sought.
According to ISRO, the Chandrayaan-1 data has been used extensively by Indian researchers to understand lunar morphology, the determination of surface age and composition of the lunar surface, as well as studies of the possible presence of igneous as well as exogenous water.
“These studies have provided improved thoughtful views of the evolutionary processes of the moon,” said the Bengaluru-based space agency. “Such studies by Chandrayaan-1 have greatly expanded the Indian lunar exploration community.”
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To further strengthen the Indian research community for studies of lunar exploration, the payload data from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter will be made available to the public and scientific suggestions for scientific analysis will be solicited, it said.
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is currently in a 100 km by 100 km circular polar orbit around the moon and is conducting eight experiments for studies ranging from surface geology and composition to exospheric measurements that continue to build on the findings of previous lunar missions would build.
On December 24, 2020, payload data from the orbiter Chandrayaan-2 was made available to the public for scientific analysis. The next data sets from the payloads were then released in July 2021. Some scientific results from Payload science teams have already been published in international journals.
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter’s payloads generate high quality data that is made publicly available (https://pradan.issdc.gov.in) for scientific analysis. In addition, there are other data sets that are recorded by various payloads, announced the space agency.
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“In order to improve the scientific results of the payloads of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, ISRO is seeking scientific proposals from the national scientific community through this AO for the scientific analysis and use of data from all experiments of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter,” said ISRO.
The AO is open to all researchers from recognized academic institutions, universities, colleges, planetariums and government organizations in India, it said.