In a major success to India's space mission Chandrayaan-2, ISRO has released the lunar surface image by the use of Terrain Mapping camera on Friday. Detailing the visuals that were captured, ISRO said that the picture was taken from an altitude of about 4375 km, and shows craters namely Jackson, Mach, Korolev and Mitra
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Lunar surface imaged by Terrain Mapping Camera-2(TMC-2) of #Chandrayaan2 on August 23 at an altitude of about 4375 km showing craters such as Jackson, Mach, Korolev and Mitra (In the name of Prof. Sisir Kumar Mitra)
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CHANDRAYAAN 2'S LAUNCH:
Chandrayaan-2's rocket lifted off at the scheduled time of 2:43 PM on July 22. The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is 3, 84, 000 km. Vikram lander will land on Moon on the 48th day of the mission starting from Monday approximately on September 9. This moon-lander and rover mission proves that India is taking lead in space exploration as its mission aims to investigate the unexplored south pole of the moon. With Chandrayaan-2 India aims at the soft landing on the Moon. If successful, it will be the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to do so.
AFTER CHANDRAYAAN, ISRO PLANNING INDIA'S MARS MISSION
After Mangalyaan 1, ISRO is ready to send a second interplanetary mission to Mars in 2024. After the successful insertion of MRas orbiter into Martian orbit in 2014, ISRO had announced about the second Mars mission. As per reports the launch vehicle will be GSLV Mk III. There is also a plan to launch a mission to venus in 2023. Additionally, another mission to the moon will explore rock samples after Chandrayaan 2.
ISRO'S SPACE PLANNING:
In a press conference on June 13, ISRO chief K Sivan said that India is planning to have own space station. "This will be India's own space station, different from that of the international space station," ISRO chief K Sivan said Thursday.
K Sivan had then said that India will send its first manned space mission in 2022 - when India completes 75th year of Independence. He made the big announcement that India is planning to have its own space station. The ambitious project will be an extension of the Gaganyaan mission by the ISRO. "We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme after the launch of (the) human space mission. In this context, India is planning to have its own space station," Sivan told reporters.