OHRC mounted on Chandrayaan-2 provides very high spatial resolution images of the Moon
ISRO shared the pictures of the Moon on the social media site Twitter
Nearly a month after India lost contact with Chandrayaan-2’s Lander Vikram, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has released images of the moon clicked by Orbiter High Resolution Camera (OHRC) onboard Chandrayaan-2. ISRO shared pictures of the moon on Twitter. "Have a look at the images taken by Chandrayaan-2's Orbiter High Resolution Camera (OHRC)," the space agency tweeted.
OHRC provides very high spatial resolution images of the moon. It provides the sharpest images ever from a lunar orbiter platform, ISRO said.
OHRC is an important new tool for lunar topographic studies of the select region, noted the space agency.
These images were acquired on September 5 by the ISRO from a 100-km altitude.
According to ISRO, the pictures taken by the Orbiter from a height of 100 km from the moon surface are part of the Boguslawsky E Crater, measuring about 14 km in diameter and 3 km depth, and surroundings which lie in the southern polar region of the moon.
ISRO lost contact from its Lander Vikram which was supposed to soft-land on the far side of the moon on 7th September. Minutes before its scheduled soft-landing, the communication with Vikram Lander was lost.
The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on September 2. After revolving around the earth's orbit for nearly 23 days, the craft began its journey to the moon on August 14. The mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22.
A few days ago, NASA had released high-resolution images captured by its reconnaissance orbiter of the moon's unchartered south pole where the Chandrayaan 2 lander attempted to soft-land. Releasing the pictures, the US space agency had said Vikram had a "hard landing".