The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Thursday released the first image of the moon captured by Chandrayaan-2.
According to reports, the space agency said the image was taken at a height of about 2,650 km from the lunar surface.
The agency through the image has identified two significant moon landmarks – Apollo crater and Mare Orientale basin.
The Apollo crater is located on the southern hemisphere of the moon and Mare Orientale basin is believed to be nearly three billion years old, and shaped like a target ring bull’s-eye, the report added.
ISRO in its official Twitter handle released the image and wrote:
Mare Orientale basin and Apollo craters are identified in the picture.#ISRO‘
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said it was one of the most striking largescale lunar features.
On Tuesday, India’s second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, had successfully entered the lunar orbit.
The spacecraft is expected to make a soft landing on the moon on September 7.
ISRO chairman K Sivan had said the next major event will happen on September 2, when the lander – called Vikram – will separate from the orbiter and proceed to perform a series of ‘complex braking manoeuvres’ before attempting to soft land in the south polar region of the moon.
Earlier this month, the ISRO released a set of five images of the earth captured by Chandrayaan-2.
If the mission is successful, India will become the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the moon after the United States, Russia and China.
A successful landing would make Chandrayaan-2 the first lunar probe on the south polar region of the moon.
Among those responsible for Chandrayaan-2 successful launch, role of three scientists from Assam — J N Goswami, Dipak Kumar Das and Hidam Rajeev Singh, are worth mentioning.
Astrophysicist J N Goswami is the chairman of the advisory board for Chandrayaan-2 mission.
Dipak Kumar Das is director of ISRO’s Space Applications Centre.
Hridam Rajeev Singh was a member of the team which produced the Stage I Solid Stage Rocket Boosters for Chandrayaan 2.