Bengaluru, August 24:
In the major development, Indian Space Research Organisation has now announced a program named 'Announcement of Opportunity'
(AO) which seeks proposals towards scientific analysis and utilisation of data from all the experiments of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter.
This has been initiated for enhancing the science outcome from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payloads. “To enhance the science outcome from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payloads, ISRO seeks scientific proposals from the national scientific community through this AO, towards scientific analysis and utilisation of data from all experiments of Chandrayaan-2 orbiter”, ISRO said.
This announcement of opportunity will be open to all researchers from recognised academic institutions, colleges, universities, planetaria, and government organisations.
It will also provide financial support for the selected project proposals which will include the salary of a research student, computational facility, contingencies, and limited support for attending project meetings and workshops. The project duration is said to be 3 years starting from the release of the fund.
To further strengthen the Indian research community for lunar science studies, Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payloads data are made available to the public and scientific proposals are solicited for scientific analysis, it said.
As per ISRO, data from Chandrayaan-1 are extensively used by Indian researchers in order to understand lunar morphology, determination of surface age, the composition of moon surface as well as studies on the possible presence of magmatic & exogenic water. 'These studies have provided enhanced thoughtful views regarding lunar evolutionary processes", the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency said. "Such studies from Chandrayaan-1 have considerably expanded Indian lunar science community".
Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is currently in a 100 km x 100 km circular polar orbit around the Moon and carries eight experiments for studies ranging from surface geology and composition to exospheric measurements that would continue to build upon the understanding from previous lunar missions.