tech2 NewsAugust 23, 2019 10:15:00 IST
Second Lunar Exploration Mission to India Chandraian 2 shone the first images taken from the moon's orbit, the Indian space exploration organization announced on Thursday. The picture was taken by Chandrayaan 2 at an altitude of 2650 kilometers from the surface of the Moon on 21 August. Two of the most visible features in the frame are the Mare Orientale watershed and the Apollo craters.
The picture was taken from the LI-4 camera onwards Chandraian 2 at 7.03 am IST, ISRO website. "Take a look at the first image of the Moon, taken by # Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander, taken at a height of about 2650 km from the lunar surface on August 21, 2019." ISRO tweet read
– ISRO (@isro) August 22, 2019
Chandrayaan 2 successfully completed its first orbital maneuver in lunar orbit on August 20. This is a critical maneuver one of four similar "updates" to the drive system intended to reduce the orbit of the spacecraft (thereby reducing its speed) until the spacecraft is at 100 x 100 km (closest x the farthest altitude in orbit) a circular orbit around the moon. Currently, it is in an elliptical orbit of 114 x 4,412 km (closest x the farthest altitude in orbit).
Chandrayaan 2 entered the lunar orbit on Tuesday, August 20, after a nearly 6-week visit in the form of a visit. Between the current phase and the spacecraft reaching its 100 km orbit (scheduled for September 1), the three components of the spacecraft will travel together. After several circular orbits of 100 x 100 km, it is expected that the Vikram land will be separated from the orbit on September 2.
Vikram Land is expected to do its part long-awaited power supply and landing on September 7 at 1.55am IST, in what the ISRO chief describes as & # 39;15 minutes of terror& # 39;
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