Chandrayaan-2 Sent Home Its First Image With The Moon

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India Returns to Moon Orbit

The Mitra crater with a 92-km diameter is named after renowned Indian scientist, Sisir Kumar Mitra, who was the founder of ionospheric science and radio technology in India. Now Chandrayaan 2 has taken some awesome pictures of both Moon and Earth from space.

Chandrayaan-2 is now orbiting the moon, performing maneuvers in preparation for its lunar landing on September 7. Presently, Chandrayaan-2 has completed the second lunar orbit.

At the moment, Chandrayaan 2 is orbiting the lunar surface, and with the help of Terrain Mapping Camera 2, or (TMC-2), has taken some images of the Moon.

The hardest bits of India's second moon mission seemed to have gone smoothly as hoped by the Indian Space Research Organisation as it was making its final orbital manoeuvres from the earth and get to the moon's orbit.

The Vikram lander will exit the lunar orbiter and carry out a 15-minute descent to carry out a soft landing on the moon's surface. The mission is also enticing because of where Vikram is heading: the Moon's south pole. In January, China successfully landed a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon, and in April, an Israeli nonprofit attempted to touch down the first privately funded lander on the lunar surface. "The Korolev crater seen in the image is a 437 km crater which has several small craters of varying sizes". However, a glitch caused the private vehicle's engine to cut out early, and the spacecraft slammed into the Moon instead. Those images include one showing the lunar north pole, including Plaskett, Rozhdestvenskiy, Hermite, Sommerfeld and Kirkwood craters.

After the successful launch, Chandrayaan-2 orbited Earth, with each orbit increasing in size, to gradually exit Earth's gravity. Chandrayaan 2 was circling around the satellite at the time and Lunar was preparing to land the rover on the surface.

The spacecraft entered the lunar orbit on Tuesday after the rough six weeks since liftoff, having attained the 100-km orbit with all the three components still intact and stuck together.

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