Hyderabad: The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) released the first set of images on Sunday that is captured by Chandrayaan-2 from the outer space.
ISRO tweeted, “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."
Watch the stunning images here:
This is the first set of images that is shared on the official Twitter handle of ISRO. Last week, a series of high-resolution pictures of earth were circulated across social media platforms that were believed to be sent from Chandrayaan-2. As it turned out, the images were fake. Even ISRO's Twitter handle cautioned about the fake images.
Talking about the cameras fit in lunar orbiter part of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, ISRO says that it is equipped with two cameras - Orbiter High-Resolution Camera (OHRC) and Terrain Mapping Camera 2 (TMC 2). The OHRC will provide high-resolution images of the landing site so that the Lander can avoid craters or boulders, ISRO said.
India launched Chandrayaan-2 on-board its powerful rocket GSLV-Mk III-M1 from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with the aim of landing a rover in the unexplored lunar south pole.
The 3,850 kg Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft comprising orbiter, lander and rover, has been injected into the earth's orbit. It will be subjected to a series of orbit manoeuvres in the coming weeks to take it to the vicinity of moon, with the rover soft landing planned on September 7.
In a giant leap for the country's ambitious low-cost space programme, ISRO has undertaken the most complex and its prestigious mission ever aiming to land the rover on the moon.
If successful, it will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon.