India’s boldest Moon Mission, Chandrayaan-2 has transferred the second set of lunar surface pictures, extraordinary in their high resolutions and close-up imagery. The pictures were caught by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 (TMC-2) onboard the Mission’s Orbiter segment.
ISRO Releases 2nd Set of Moon’s Images Clicked By Chandrayaan 2
Releasing the pictures on Monday, the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) said that the visuals were caught on August 23 from an elevation of around 4,375 km. The pictures show lunar cavities Jackson, Mach, Korolev, and Mitra (for the sake of Prof. Sisir Kumar Mitra). Jackson is an effect pit situated on the northern side of the equator on the far side of the Moon.
“It is a 71 km dia crater at 22.4°N and 163.1°W. The interesting feature at the western outer rim of Mach crater is another impact crater, Mitra (92 km dia),” Isro informed.
Prof. Sisir Kumar Mitra was an Indian physicist and Padma Bhushan recipient known for his pioneering work in the field of ionosphere and Radiophysics. The Korolev craters found in the picture is a 437 km crater, which joins a few little craters of varying sizes.
The TMC-2 camera also caught other important craters, Sommerfeld and Kirkwood. Sommerfeld is an enormous effect hole situated in the farside northern latitudes of the Moon.
“It is a 169km dia crater at 65.2°N and 162.4°W.”
It has a relatively flat interior encompassed by a ring mountain and various littler craters lie along the edge. The space organization said the crater is named after Dr. Arnold Sommerfeld, a German physicist pioneer in the field of nuclear and quantum physics.
Northeast to this crater lies the Kirkwood hole, named after the American space expert Daniel Kirkwood. This also is a well-shaped effect cavity, which is around 68 km in diameter.
On August 21, Chandrayaan-2 had caught its first picture of the lunar surface. The highly contrasting picture identifies two spots on the lunar surface: the Mare Orientale essential and Apollo holes. The first Moon shot was caught by the Mission’s Vikram Lander at a stature of around 2,650 km from the lunar surface.
Lunar surface imaged by Terrain Mapping Camera-2(TMC-2) of #Chandrayaan2 on August 23 at an altitude of about 4375 km showing craters such as Jackson, Mach, Korolev and Mitra (In the name of Prof. Sisir Kumar Mitra)
— ISRO (@isro) August 26, 2019