The Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 on Tuesday entered the Moon " s orbit, according to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
The image was captured at the height of about 2650 kilometres from the lunar surface on August 21, 2019. Apollo is an enormous impact crater located in the southern hemisphere on the far side of Moon. On August 21, it entered the second lunar orbit. The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover together referred to as "composite body".
"It is expected to make a soft landing (on the surface of the moon) at around 1.40 am and completed by 1.55 am". The final test for the Chandrayaan 2 is scheduled for September 7, which will have the mission landing on the moon's south pole.
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Other maneuvers will take place to reach an orbit 100 kilometers above the Moon's surface. A successful landing would make India the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, after the space agencies of the USSR, the U.S. and China.
The process of landing Chandrayaan 2 on the moon is very complex since it blasted off at a velocity of 39,240 kilometres per hour, which is nearly 30 times the speed at which sound travels through air.
In a tweet, Modi said this was an important step in the landmark journey to the moon. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit.