Two images taken by the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft have been released by ISRO. The first one displays Earth from the viewpoint of the Lander Imager (LI) Camera.
The picture was taken on July 14, which was also the launch date of the Chandrayaan-3 rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
On August 6, the Lander Horizontal Velocity Camera (LHVC) was used to capture an image of the Moon, as shown in the following picture.
“The launch day featured the use of the Linder Imager (LI) Camera, captured by.”
The Lander Horizontal Velocity Camera (LHVC) was launched the day after the Lunar Orbit Insertion.
According to a tweet from ISRO, LI and LHV cameras are produced by SAC and LEOS, respectively.
The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft made a significant headway towards the Moon’s surface on Wednesday, as reported by ISRO on Tuesday, following an additional orbit reduction maneuver.
Chandrayaan-3 and Russia’s Luna-25 race to the moon will determine the winner of the first pole race.
The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, launched by India on July 14, entered lunar orbit on August 5.
The next manoeuvre, as per ISRO, will take place on August 14 from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm.
A manoeuvre aimed at reducing the orbit of Earth was carried out by ISRO on Sunday.
ISRO is implementing several maneuvers to gradually reduce the orbit of Chandrayaan-3 and align it with the lunar poles as the mission progresses.
ISRO sources cited by PTI have revealed two more orbit reduction maneuvers being planned to bring the spacecraft closer to the Moon.
A series of maneuvers will take place on August 14 and 16, with the goal of orbiting the spacecraft for 100 km. The landing module will then separate from the propulsion module.
After the separation, the lander is expected to deboil and settle on the South Pole of the Moon before a gentle landing on August 23.
Since its launch on July 14, ISRO has carried out five manoeuvres over the next three weeks to lift the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft further afield.
(With input from PTI)