Chandrayaan 2`s Terrain Mapping Camera-2 shoots photos of Moon`s surface

Chandrayaan 2's big landing goal will go where no country has reached so far

India Returns to Moon Orbit

It snapped an image of the barren surface and its myriad craters caused by a barrage of wayward meteorites.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday shared images captured by Chandrayaan 2.

They capture a range of notable lunar landmarks, including the Sommerfeld, Jackson, Mach, Korolev and Mitra craters and the north pole region.

ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission was launched atop the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) on July 22nd, 2019.

After it touches down in the south pole region, a small solar-powered rover, Pragyan, will be deployed. The closest Chandrayaan-2 comes to the moon orbit is 118 kms and the farthest is 4412 kms.

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Taking to Twitter, ISRO said that the images were taken on August 23 by Chandrayaan-2's Terrain Mapping Camera 2 (TMC-@). If this happens, India will be the first country in the world to make a soft landing near the Lunar South Pole.

After revolving around the earth's orbit for almost 23 days, it began its journey to the moon on August 14. It is a 71 km dia crater at 22.4°N and 163.1°W (shown in the inset).

Chandrayaan-2's orbiter or mother spacecraft has zeroed in on a crater on the moon named after 20th century's acclaimed radio physicist Sisir Kumar Mitra. It is named after Prof. The landing on Moon is expected on September 7. Born in Konnagar in West Bengal's Hoogly district in 1890, Mitra, who received Fellowship of Royal Society, London, in 1958, was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1962 for his scientific achievement.

To increase awareness about its space programmes, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is conducting an online quiz for school students and the top scorers will get to watch the Chandrayaan-2 landing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the agency's headquarters in Bangalore.

After the manoevre scheduled for August 28, ISRO will carry out two more orbit manoeuvres (August 30 and September 1) to enter it into its final orbit passing over lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon's surface.

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