Chandrayaan-2 has shot a picture of the Moon from a stature of more than 2,000 kilometers as it flies around the satellite, getting ready to land a rover on the lunar surface. The photograph of the Moon was shot by Vikram, which is Chandrayaan-2’s lander.
Chandrayaan 2 Sends Moon’s First Photo from 2,650 KM Distance
The photograph was released by Indian Space Research Organization -ISRO on Twitter. The picture was shot on August 21 and was taken from a height of 2,650 kilometers, ISRO said.
In the photograph, ISRO featured two noteworthy lunar tourist spots – the Apollo pit and the Mare Orientale basin.
Chandrayaan-2 is right now flying in an elliptical orbit of 118 km x 4412 km around the Moon. The nearest Chandrayaan-2 goes to the Moon on this circle is 118 km while the most remote is 4412 km.
Chandrayaan-2 reached at the Moon on August 20, when it entered the lunar orbit. On August 21, Chandrayaan-2 played out a move to bring down its orbit around the Moon.
The shuttle will play out a few such moves throughout the following two weeks to bring itself ever nearer to the Moon.
The Chandrayaan-2 mission’s D-Day is September 2, when the lander Vikram will isolate from the shuttle and get into its very own lunar orbit.
Early morning on September 7, Vikram will start a 15-minute powered descent toward the end of the which will land close to the south shaft of the Moon, making India the only nation on the planet to play out a ‘soft landing’ near to the lunar south post.
Chandrayaan-2 will make India just the fourth could on the planet to land a rover on the Moon. Among the experiments, the ambitious mission will do incorporate tests to decide the degree of water presence on the Moon.
— ISRO (@isro) August 22, 2019