Chandrayaan-2 on Thursday released the first image of Winkem Lander after it entered the lunar orbit earlier this week. The image was taken at a height of about 2650 km from the lunar surface.
Images of the Mare Oriental basin and Apollo cells are identified in the figure.
The crucial process of capturing the soft landing of the Vikram landing craft on the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will be undertaken in the early hours of September 7, ISRO President K Sivan said today.
Chandrayaan-2, launched on July 22 by India's most powerful rocket, the GSLV MkIII-M1, entered the Lunar Transfer Tract on August 14, leaving Earth in orbit.
Watch: Chandrayaan 2 Making History: The Journey So Far
It consists of an orbiter, Lander (Vikram), named after the father of the Indian space exploration program Dr Vikram A Sarabai and Rover (Prague).
The rover is due to make a soft landing on the moon on September 7, and if successful, India will be the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to reach the feat.
August 22, 2019 19:48 IST