New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) on Sunday released the first few images of Earth captured by Chandrayaan-2 as it orbits the planet.
India’s second mission to the Moon took off from the launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on 22 July, after aborting the first launch a week earlier.
As on Sunday, the module is revolving around the Earth in an orbit of 277 x 89,472 km. In the images captured on Saturday at around 5.30 pm, the Earth appears as a beautiful blue marble with white swirls of clouds and some shades of green and brown indicating land.
The mission consisting of a orbiter, lander Vikram and rover Pragyan is set to reach the Moon’s orbit on 20 August, following which scientists would carry out manoeuvres to put it in the desired Moon orbit.
The historic “soft landing" would be attempted on 7 September, which if successful, would bring India into the elite club of countries, including Russia, the US and China, which have successfully landed on the lunar surface.