- Sep 21, 2021
ISRO has tweeted a photo on August 22, 2019, of the Moon taken by Chandrayaan 2.
The image posted on Twitter was taken by the Vikram Lander on August 21. ISRO has also highlighted and pointed out the other two occupations, the Apollo crater, and the Mare Orientale basin. The Vikram Lander is currently flying around the satellite, preparing for a rover to land on the lunar surface.
Chandrayaan 2 has been a massive success for India and for ISRO. Even though the launch of Chandrayaan 2 was delayed due to some technical difficulties, the process thereafter has been smooth sailing.
Chandrayaan 2 reached the Moon on August 20 entering the lunar orbit. Now, Chandrayaan 2 is completing its elliptical orbit of 118 km x 4412 km around the moon. What it means is that, by far, 118 km is the closest the Chandrayaan two has come to the surface of the moon, and it has been its farthest at 4412 km.
Chandrayaan 2 will continue orbiting the Moon in this elliptical manner several times over the next two weeks to bring itself closer and closer to the Moon. If everything goes right, the Vikram Lander will separate from the spacecraft on September 2nd, and the lander will be on its own lunar orbit.
Finally, on September 7, 2019, Vikram will start its descent which is supposed to take 15 minutes and will land near the south pole of the Moon.
If ISRO successfully completes the landing to the tee, India will become the first-ever country to engage and complete a soft landing near the lunar south pole.
Moreover, the landing of Chandrayaan 2 on the Moon will make India the fourth country in the world to land a rover on the Moon.