ISRO releases first photo of moon taken by Chandrayaan 2

Pablo Tucker
August 22, 2019

Indian space agency on Thursday released the first Moon image shot by Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft. The image of the moon, ISRO says, was captured at a height of about 2,650 km from the Lunar surface and was taken yesterday. Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) tweeted the image showing two significant Moon landmarks, the Apollo crater and the Mare Orientale basin.

Taking to Twitter, ISRO also said that the Mare Orientale basin and Apollo craters were identified in the picture. The second Lunar-bound orbit manoeuvre for the spacecraft was successfully performed on August 21. It lasted around 20 minutes. Before landing on September 7, the Chandrayaan-2 composite module has to move much closer to the Moon, in a near-circular orbit of 100 km x 100 km.

All the spacecraft parameters are normal.

A statement released by ISRO read, "Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019) at 0902 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system".

Other maneuvers will take place to reach an orbit 100 kilometers above the Moon's surface.

If successful, India will lay claim to being the fourth nation to soft land a rover on the lunar surface after Russia, US and China. Thereafter, Vikram lander will separate from the orbiter on September 2 and after four days, Vikram will land on Moon in the south pole region at 1.55am on September 7.

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