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Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission
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Re: Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission
« Reply #1 on: 11/13/2017 06:06 PM »
It looks like the orbiter and lander, while launched together, will quickly take separate courses and arrive independently.

Although it looks like the lander and rover have a main objective of just safely landing there, do we have any knowledge on what precisely they will carry if all goes well?  It looks like the rover at least carries a pair of cameras if nothing else.
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Re: Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission
« Reply #2 on: 11/13/2017 06:11 PM »
Wikipedia gave me some notional info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandrayaan-2

Lander:
Seismometer, thermal probe, Langmuir probe, and radio experimentation - all passive stuff.

Rover:
Laser spectroscope and Alpha particle x-ray spectroscope (which sounds similar to what Sojourner & the MERs carried).

Sounds reasonable yet productive for an initial mission.  I wish them well!
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Re: Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission
« Reply #3 on: 11/13/2017 06:21 PM »
http://www.unoosa.org/documents/pdf/copuos/2017/copuos2017tech30E.pdf

More details in this 2017 presentation.  Quite a lot going on!

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Re: Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission
« Reply #4 on: 11/13/2017 07:14 PM »
http://www.unoosa.org/documents/pdf/copuos/2017/copuos2017tech30E.pdf

More details in this 2017 presentation.  Quite a lot going on!

Thanks!

As far as the science, while the landing 'party' portion is basic (but still useful), the orbiter definitely boasts the lion share of the mission, looking like it's specializing in polar mapping and studying the lunar exosphere.
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