ISRO: First snap of the moon by Chandrayaan-2 released

Days after entering the lunar orbit, Chandrayaan-2 on Thursday, 22 August, released its first photo of the moon captured by the Vikram Lander.

The photo, which was published on ISRO’s Twitter handle, has been taken at a height of about 2,650 km from the lunar surface on Wednesday.

In the photo, ISRO identifies two geographical landmarks of the moon – Mare Orientale basin and Apollo craters – which are identified in the photograph.

After Chandrayaan-2 was placed in lunar orbit, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said that the next major event will happen on 2 September when the lander will be separated from the orbiter. On 3 September, there will be a small maneuver for about 3 seconds to ensure that the systems of the lander are running normally.

The mission will land on the moon on 7 September, at around 1:55 am.

Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar expedition, will shed light on a completely unexplored region of the moon – its south pole.

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