Besides the solitary foreign experimental module, Chandrayaan-2, involving an orbiter, lander ‘Vikram’ and rover ‘Pragyan’ will also carry 13 Indian payloads that will be used to conduct different scientific experiments and for taking images on the Moon, as reported by TOI earlier.
Giving details of the Nasa module to TOI, Isro chairman K Sivan said, “The laser reflector arrays from Nasa will just be a passive experimental module onboard Chandrayaan-2. US scientists will use it take measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon. The instrument, which has been attached to the lander, will be able to precisely mention the location of the lander on the Moon’s surface.” He told TOI that “Nasa made the request for the experimental module last July and we accepted its request in September last year”.
During the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held at Texas, US, in March, Nasa had confirmed that Chandrayaan-2 and Israeli lander Beresheet, which crashlanded on the Moon’s surface on April 11 this year, would each carry Nasa-owned laser retroreflector arrays. However, Isro did not disclose about the Nasa instrument till now.
The 13 Indian payloads, which are being provided by Indian institutes, are large area soft X-ray spectrometer (LASS) from Isro Satellite Centre (ISAC) and solar X-ray monitor (XSM) from Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), imaging IR spectrometer (IIRS) from Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, synthetic aperture radar in L- and S-band (SAR) from SAC, neutral mass spectrometer (CHACE-2) from Thiruvananthapuram centre, terrain mapping camera-2 (TMC-2) from SAC, Vikram lander sensor complement, radio anatomy of Moon bound hypersensitive ionosphere and atmosphere (RAMBHA), Chandra’s surface thermo physical experiment (ChaSTE ), instrument for lunar seismic activity (ILSA), laser reflector array (LRA), rover sensor complement (APXS, LIBS) and laser induced breakdown spectroscope (LIBS).
Chandrayaan-2 craft weighing 3.8 tonne is scheduled to be launched between July 9 and July 16 and is expected to land on the Moon on September 6. Last time, Chandrayaan-1 mission, launched in 2008, carried five foreign payloads (three from Europe and two from the US). Once Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft reaches the lunar orbit, Vikram will separate from the orbiter and soft-land at a predetermined site close to the Moon’s south pole, which has not been explored by other countries.
Talking to TOI earlier, Isro chairman K Sivan said, “Once Vikram lands on the lunar surface on September 6, rover Prayan will come out of it and roll out on the lunar surface for 300-400 metre. It will spend 14 Earth days on the Moon for carrying out different scientific experiments.” The rover will analyse the content of the lunar surface and send data and images back to the Earth through the orbiter within 15 minutes, he said.
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