Chandrayaan 2 (Photo Credit: ISRO)
On July 22 this year, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scripted a history by launching Chandrayaan-2 successfully. On Friday, ISRO said that the fourth orbit raising activity for India’s moon spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 was performed successfully at 3:27 pm. And now, ISRO has taken to a Twitter to share breathtaking pictures of the Earth.
It is to be noted that the images of the Earth were captured by LI4 camera installed in Chandrayaan-2. In a series of tweet, ISRO said, First set of beautiful images of the Earth captured by #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander. Earth as viewed by #Chandrayaan2 LI4 Camera on August 3, 2019 17:28 UT.”
Take a look at first set of beautiful images of the Earth:
Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170×45,475 km by India’s heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style. Chandrayaan-2 has three elements including the Rover, the Lander and the Orbiter. As soon as the spacecraft will make a soft landing on the moon, the lander will separate from the Orbiter and then perform a series of complex manoeuvres comprising of tough braking and fine braking.
The lander, named Vikram, will land near the Moon’s South Pole and then it will then carry out experiments on Lunar surface for 1 Lunar day. A single lunar day is equal to 14 Earth days. However. Orbiter will continue its mission for a duration of one year.
The historic Chandrayaan-2 mission will target a completely unexplored section of the Moon that is, its “South Polar region - Aitken Basin”. By conducting topographical studies and mineralogical analyses alongside a few other experiments on the Moon’s Surface, the ISRO’s ambitious mission aimed to get a better understanding of the Moon’s origin and its evolution.
It is worth mentioning here that the Chandrayaan-2 was supposed to be launched on July 15 at 2:51 am from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Unfortunately, due to a technical issue, ISRO called off Chandrayaan-2 mission.
WATCH CHANDRAYAAN-2 LAUNCH HERE: