Added on : 2019-08-22 19:58:15
Chandrayaan-2 has shot an image of the Moon from a height of 2,000 kilometres as it flies around the satellite, preparing to land a rover on the lunar surface. The photo of the Moon was shot by Vikram, which is Chandrayaan-2's lander.
The photo was released by Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Twitter. The image was shot on August 21 and was taken from a height of 2,650 kiometres, Isro said.
The image shows two significant Moon landmarks, the Apollo crater and the Mare Orientale basin.
The Apollo crater is located on the Moon's southern hemisphere and covers another large crater, the Oppenheimer, located next to the western rim.
Chandrayaan-2 is currently flying in an elliptical orbit of 118 kms x 4412 kms around the Moon. The closest Chandrayaan-2 comes to the Moon on this orbit is 118 kms while the farthest is 4412 kms.