Chandrayaan-2, India’s lunar landing mission, which is currently orbiting the Moon, has captured some new images of the lunar surface showing several craters, the Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO said on Monday.
Sharing the photos taken on August 23 by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 of Chandrayaan-2 from an altitude of about 4,375 km, ISRO described that the images captured by the lunar spacecraft are those of craters Somerfeld, Kirkwood, Jackson, Mach, Korolev, Mitra, Plaskett, Rozhdestvensky, and Hermite. All these have been named after great scientists, astronomers, and physicists.
Crater Mitra has been coined after Professor Sisir Kumar Mitra, an Indian physicist and Padma Bhushan awardee, known for his revolutionary work in the field of ionosphere and Radiophysics.
ISRO released the first picture of Moon captured by Chandrayaan-2 on August 22.
Chandrayaan-2 is a three-module spacecraft comprising of an orbiter, ‘Vikram’ lander and ‘Pragyan rover’, was launched on July 22.
On August 21, ISRO had successfully performed the second lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 and confirmed that all spacecraft parameters are normal.
After three more orbit planned maneuvers, the orbital will become circular and the lander will separate from the Orbiter on September 2 for the eventual soft landing in the south polar region of the Moon, scheduled on September 7.