Chandrayaan-2, the second lunar mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation, has discovered the presence of water molecules on the moon. Data collected from the mission showed the latest details.
In a paper co-authored by A S Kirankumar, former Chairman of ISRO said that imaging infrared spectrometer (IIRS) is one of the payloads onboard Chandrayaan -2, which has been located in a 100 km polar orbit to acquire the global scientific data.
The latest development that appeared to light concerning Chandrayaan-2 has also been held important considering that the mission did not yield the desired outcomes.
Presence of water molecules on the moon: What do we know?
The paper which was issued in the Current Science journal asserted that the original data analysis from the imaging infrared spectrometer (IIRS) certainly confirms the presence of widespread lunar hydration and the unambiguous discovery of OH and H2O marks on the Moon between 29oN and 62oN lat., after joining the physics-based thermal change to reflectance data.
Plagioclase-rich stones have also been found to have higher OH (hydroxyl) or possibly H2O (water) molecules when related to the mare regions, which were discovered to have more dominance of OH at the higher surface temperature.