Chandrayaan-2 has sent its first set of images of the moon a day after its entry to the lunar orbit.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) shared the images on its Twitter handle on Thursday. Lander Vikram, part of the integrated mission module of Chandrayaan-2, captured the images while orbiting the moon at a height of about 2,650 km from the lunar surface.
ISRO also identified the Mare Orientale basin, which is believed to date back to 3 billion years. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said that it was formed as a result of an asteroid-like form’s collision with the moon. Apollo craters on the farther side of the Moon were also found in the images.
On August 20, Chandrayaan-2 successfully entered the lunar orbit. It took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on July 22. After 23 days of revolving around the earth’s orbit, it started its journey to the moon on August 14.
The spacecraft is scheduled to land on the moon on September 7. It is expected to tag India in the elite club of nations comprising the US, Russia, and China.
Chandrayaan-2 is India’s second mission to the moon. Its first edition was flagged off in October 2008 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
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