The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday released the second image of Moon, captured by India's Chandrayaan-2 satellite, showing more craters such as Somerfeld, Kirkwood, Jackson, Mach, Korolev, Mitra, Plaskett, Rozhdestvenskiy and Hermite on its surface. The picture of the Moon was taken by Terrain Mapping Camera-2 (TMC-2) from an altitude of about 4375 km from the lunar surface on August 23, the space agency said in a statement.
"Lunar surface imaged by Terrain Mapping Camera-2 (TMC-2) of Chandrayaan-2 on August 23 at an altitude of about 4375 km showing craters such as Jackson, Mach, Korolev and Mitra (In the name of Prof. Sisir Kumar Mitra)," ISRO tweeted along with the picture.
#ISRO— ISRO (@isro) August 26, 2019
Lunar surface imaged by Terrain Mapping Camera-2(TMC-2) of #Chandrayaan2 on August 23 at an altitude of about 4375 km showing craters such as Jackson, Mach, Korolev and Mitra (In the name of Prof. Sisir Kumar Mitra)
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These craters have been named after great scientists, astronomers and physicists. Crater Mitra has been named after Prof Sisir Kumar Mitra, an Indian physicist and Padma Bhushan recipient known for his pioneering work in the field of ionosphere and Radiophysics.
Earlier on August 22, ISRO had shared the very first image of the Moon that featured mare orientale basin and Apollo craters on the lunar surface. On August 4, the space agency released a set of images of the Earth captured by Chandrayaan-2 satellite, currently in the lunar orbit.
So far, the satellite has performed two lunar bound orbit maneuveres and said all spacecraft parameters are normal. There will be three more orbit manoeuvres before the lander’s separation from the Orbiter on September 2 and eventual soft landing in the south polar region of the Moon, planned on September 7.
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1, had successfully launched the 3,840-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into the earth’s orbit on July 22.