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Chandrayaan 2 captures the first image of the Moon from Lunar Orbit

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India’s second lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan-2- which launched on 22nd July 2019- has recently sent the first images of Moon taken from the moon’s orbit.

The images were captured by Chandrayaan-2 LI4 Camera on 21 August 2019 19:03 UT at an altitude of 2650 kilometers from the moon’s surface. Two of the most noticeable features in the edge are the Mare Orientale basin and the Apollo craters.

ISRO took Twitter and shared the news, which reads:

“Take a look at the first Moon image captured by #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander taken at a height of about 2650 km from Lunar surface on August 21, 2019.”

On 20 August 209, Chandrayaan 2 successfully completed its first orbital maneuver in lunar orbit. The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds beginning from 0902 hrs IST. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km.

Following this, a series of orbit maneuvers will be performed on Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft to enable it to enter its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon’s surface.

Subsequently, the lander will separate from the Orbiter and enters into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the Moon. Then, it will perform a series of complex braking maneuvers to soft-land in the South polar region of the Moon on September 7, 2019.

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