The Chandrayaan-2, India`s second moon mission by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)-MkIII-M1, completed one year on the Moon orbit. The spacecraft was successfully inserted into the lunar orbit on August 20, 2019. It was on July 22, 2019, the GSLV rocket, nicknamed `Bahubali`, blasted off from the second launch pad at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 was launched with the goal to expand the lunar scientific knowledge through detailed studies of topography, mineralogy, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics and the lunar exosphere.
Although, the soft-landing attempt was not successful, the orbiter, which was equipped with eight scientific instruments, was successfully placed in the lunar orbit. According to a statement by ISRO, the orbiter has completed more than 4400 orbits around the Moon and all the instruments are currently performing well. It added that the spacecraft has adequate onboard fuel to remain operational for about seven years.
In July, the ISRO had asserted that the public release of science data from Chandrayaan-2 for global use will begin in October 2020 and added that all the eight payloads on Chandrayaan-2 are performing well.