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ISRO releases new photos of Moon craters taken by Chandrayaan-2

These craters have been named after great scientists, astronomers and physicists
  • The first picture of Moon captured by Chandrayaan-2 was released by ISRO on 22 August
  • Chandrayaan-2 has captured some more images of the moon showing several craters, (ISRO)Premium
    Chandrayaan-2 has captured some more images of the moon showing several craters, (ISRO)

    Chandrayaan-2 has captured some more images of the moon showing several craters, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. Sharing the pictures, ISRO said in a statement that the photos captured by the lunar spacecraft are those of craters Somerfeld, Kirkwood, Jackson, Mach, Korolev, Mitra, Plaskett, Rozhdestvenskiy and Hermite. The space agency said these pictures of the lunar surface were taken on 23 August by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 of Chandrayaan-2 from an altitude of about 4,375 km.

    These craters have been named after great scientists, astronomers and physicists.

    Jackson is an impact crater located in the northern hemisphere of the far side of the Moon. It is a 71 km dia crater at 22.4°N and 163.1°W The interesting feature at the western outer rim of Mach crater is another impact crater, Mitra (92 km dia). Photo: ISRO
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    Jackson is an impact crater located in the northern hemisphere of the far side of the Moon. It is a 71 km dia crater at 22.4°N and 163.1°W The interesting feature at the western outer rim of Mach crater is another impact crater, Mitra (92 km dia). Photo: ISRO

    The first picture of Moon captured by Chandrayaan-2 was released by ISRO on 22 August.

    The pictures clicked from an altitude of 4,375 km shows impacts craters such as Jackson, Mitra (named after an Indian physicist), Mach and Korolev. Photo: ISRO
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    The pictures clicked from an altitude of 4,375 km shows impacts craters such as Jackson, Mitra (named after an Indian physicist), Mach and Korolev. Photo: ISRO

    Chandrayaan-2 will explore a region of the moon where no mission has ever set foot. The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover together referred to as "composite body". The spacecraft will be the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface. This mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to carry out a soft landing on the moon.


    The North Polar region of the Moon clicked from an altitude of 4,375 km. Photo: ISRO
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    The North Polar region of the Moon clicked from an altitude of 4,375 km. Photo: ISRO

    Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft comprising an orbiter, lander and rover, was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 23.

    ISRO had on August 21 performed second lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 and said all spacecraft parameters are normal. There will be three more orbit manoeuvres before the lander's separation from the Orbiter on September 2 and eventual soft landing in the south polar region of the Moon, planned on September 7.

    With Agency inputs

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    Published: 27 Aug 2019, 11:44 AM IST
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