2 Sep 2019

Images of Earth and Moon captured by Chandrayaan 2


Chandrayaan-2 mission is conducted by Indian space agency ISRO and has been launched on 22 July 2019, at 14:43 IST using GSLV MK III rocket from Satish Dhawan space centre located at Sriharikota at Andhra Pradesh.

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Total journey time of Chandrayaan-2 will be of 48 days. Chandrayaan 2 will first orbit the Earth for 17 days, then the Chandrayaan will be separated. It will take 5 days to reach in Moon’s orbit after escaping from Earths orbit. After entering the Moon’s orbit it will orbit it for 28 days and finally will land on Moon’s surface.

In the first week of August, Chandrayaan-2 sent first pictures of Earth as viewed in space as it was moving away from the planet.




In a series , Isro shared the Earth's pictures clicked by LI4 Camera of Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander on August 3, 2019.
The pictures show the Earth in different hues.


Chandrayaan has sent 5 images of Earth from different altitude. 

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On August 22, Isro announced on Twitter that Chandrayaan-2 shot an image of the Moon from a height of over 2,000 km as it flies around the satellite, preparing to land a rover on the lunar surface.

The image was shot on August 21 and was taken from a height of 2,650 km, Isro said.

In the photo, Isro highlighted two significant lunar landmarks -- the Apollo crater and the Mare Orientale basin.


Chandrayaan has released total 4 images of moon from different altitude. 

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Chandrayaan-2 reached the Moon on August 20, when it entered the lunar orbit. On August 21, Chandrayaan-2 performed a manoeuvre to lower its orbit around the Moon.

The spacecraft will perform several such manoeuvres over the next two weeks to bring itself closer and closer to the Moon.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission's D-Day is September 2, when the lander Vikram will separate from the spacecraft and get into a lunar orbit of its own.

Early morning on September 7, Vikram will begin a 15-minute powered descent at the end of which it will land near the south pole of the Moon, making India the only country in the world to perform a 'soft landing' near the lunar south pole.



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