The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Monday released the primary illuminated pictures of the lunar surface which were caught by Chandrayaan-2’s Imaging Infrared Spectrometer (IIRS) payload.
ISRO Releases First Illuminated Image of Lunar Surface Captured by Chandrayaan-2
The ISRO released the pictures on its Twitter account indicating some portion of the lunar farside in the northern side of the equator. The picture also shows the Sommerfield cavity floor, the sunlit internal edge of hole Kirkwood, Stebbins cavity floor, crisp crater Ejecta in Sommerfield hole floor and Stebbins crater central peak.
“See the first illuminated image of the lunar surface acquired by #Chandrayaan2’s IIRS payload. IIRS is designed to measure reflected sunlight from the lunar surface in narrow and contiguous spectral channels,” ISRO said in a tweet.
As indicated by ISRO, IIRS is intended to quantify the reflected daylight and transmitted part of Moonlight from the lunar surface in thin and coterminous spectral channels (bands).
“The major objective of IIRS is to understand the origin and evolution of the Moon in a geologic context by mapping the lunar surface mineral and volatile composition using signatures in the reflected solar spectrum,” ISRO said in a statement.
See the first illuminated image of the lunar surface acquired by #Chandrayaan2’s IIRS payload. IIRS is designed to measure reflected sunlight from the lunar surface in narrow and contiguous spectral channels.
— ISRO (@isro) October 17, 2019