Moon as viewed by Chandrayaan-2 LI4 Camera on 21 August 2019 19:03 UT

Moon as viewed by Chandrayaan-2 LI4 Camera on 21 August 2019 19:03 UT


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chandrayaan-2 is currently orbiting around the Moon
  • Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to land a rover on the Moon
  • Only three countries have landed rovers on the Moon

Chandrayaan-2 has shot an image of the Moon from a height of over 2,000 kilometres as it flies around the satellite, preparing to land a rover on the lunar surface. The photo of the Moon was shot by Vikram, which is Chandrayaan-2's lander.

The photo was released by Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Twitter. The image was shot on August 21 and was taken from a height of 2,650 kilometres, Isro said.

In the photo, Isro highlighted two significant lunar landmarks -- the Apollo crater and the Mare Orientale basin.

Chandrayaan-2 is currently flying in an elliptical orbit of 118 km x 4412 km around the Moon. The closest Chandrayaan-2 comes to the Moon on this orbit is 118 km while the farthest is 4412 km.

Chandrayaan-2 reached the Moon on August 20, when it entered the lunar orbit. On August 21, Chandrayaan-2 performed a manoeuvre to lower its orbit around the Moon.

The spacecraft will perform several such manoeuvres over the next two weeks to bring itself closer and closer to the Moon.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission's D-Day is September 2, when the lander Vikram will separate from the spacecraft and get into a lunar orbit of its own.

Early morning on September 7, Vikram will begin a 15-minute powered descent at the end of which it will land near the south pole of the Moon, making India the only country in the world to perform a 'soft landing' near the lunar south pole.


Updated by: News Sources 2019-08-23 5:54 PM