India's second mission to the moon will use these 14 high-tech tools to search for water


The OSIRIS-REX Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (OVIRS) that measures the visible and near infrared light of the asteroid Bennu (Source: Wikimedia)

Although most of the scientific instruments aboard Chandrayaan2 have so far had only one mission to fulfill, IIRS has two separate objectives and a third minor task to be performed.

First, it will be critical to accomplish the goals of a Chandrayaan 2 mission – to analyze the presence of water on the moon.

And while looking for water, IIRS will also map the minerals and volatilities of the moon.

In addition to its two main objectives, the IIRS will measure the reflected solar radiation on the surface of the Moon from 100kms in the lunar orbit.


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