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ISRO releases latest photos of Moon craters

ISRO releases latest photos of Moon craters

After Tuesday's exercise, the ISRO chief said the Chandrayaan-2 will go around the moon with an orbit of 140 km perigee (closest point) by 18,000 km apogee (farthest).

ISRO releases images of the lunar surface, and gives info on cratersThe Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday released images of the Lunar Surface, captured by Terrain Mapping Camera-2 (TMC-2) of Chandrayaan 2. The spacecraft took its flight on July 22 and performed two maneuvers, and ISRO announced after the second maneuver that everything is functional and all the parameters are normal.

The space scientists said this is part of the orbit-lowering manoeuvres to ultimately achieve a 100 km X 100 km orbit of the right moon from its pole to pole before the Chandrayaan-2's lander, named Vikram, separates from the orbiter on September 2.

Then it would perform a series of complex braking maneuvers to soft land in the South polar region of the Moon on September 7, 2019.

This is the second time that the ISRO has successfully carried out Lunar orbiter insertion. Over 14 days, the rover is expected to travel half a kilometer from the lander, snapping photos and collecting data as it moves along.

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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 circular shape of the craters is because of the material flying out in every direction, and not because the colliding body itself is circular in shape, which is hardly ever the case.

Once the mission touches down in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, the solar-powered rover, Pragyan, will be sent out to roam the surface.

The North Polar region of the Moon clicked from an altitude of 4,375 km. With mission life of over a year, this satellite will capture lunar surface images from its orbit.

According to ISRO, the mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface.


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