Chandrayaan 2 captured first photo of the Moon. Chandrayaan 2 was India’s grand moon mission of Rs. 1,000-crore. Space agency ISRO tweeted the information on Thursday. The picture was taken at around 2,650 km height from the moon surface. The image was captured a day earlier. The Mare Orientale basin and the Apollo crater moon landmarks were there in the picture.
The Apollo is a 538 km-wide crater. It was named after Apollo moon missions of NASA. The Apollo crater is situated on the moon’s southern hemisphere. Many smaller craters which are inside the Apollo are given name after dead NASA officials and astronauts. Seven craters are given name after the team of NASA’s Colombia. The Mare Orientale is about 950 km wide crater. The crater is three billion years old. The shape of the Mare Orientale has a shape of bullseye. The shape was created after a wave from an asteroid-shaped object. According to NASA, the Mare Orientale is an important landmark on the moon. But, it is difficult to see from the earth.
The Chandrayaan-2 is on its way to the moon. During this journey, it had magnificently implemented a critical move yesterday. The move took us closer to the moon. The movement was trickiest in the moon mission. If the 20-minute move unsuccessful, it would have caused the mission disappeared into deep space. The next significant move for the Chandrayaan-2 is planned on September 7. The move will land the mission on south pole of the moon. If the next move becomes successful, the nation India will be the fourth after Russia, United States, and China’s successful missions to land on the surface of lunar. Earlier Israel had attempted to the move with their Beresheet spacecraft. But the attempt was unsuccessful. Earlier this year, the spacecraft crash-landed on moon.The Chandrayaan-2 was blasted off at 39,240 kilometers per hour velocity. Blasting off speed is almost 30 times the speed of sound travelling through air. Thus, the Chandrayaan-2 landing process is very critical.