The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday took to micro-blogging platform Twitter to share the first pictures of Earth captured by the LI4 camera installed in Chandrayaan-2.
The Indian space agency also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will watch the moon landing of the lander Vikram carried by the spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 along with selected students
Two students studying in classes 8 to 10 from each state scoring the highest in a quiz contest organised by the space agency in coordination with MyGov.in can watch Vikram’s landing along with Modi at the ISRO’s Bengaluru centre, it said.
The lander ‘Vikram’ is expected to land on the moon on September 7, as per ISRO.
In a series of tweets on Sunday along with the images of Earth from space, ISRO said: “#ISRO First set of beautiful images of the Earth captured by #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander. Earth as viewed by #Chandrayaan2 LI4 Camera on August 3, 2019, 17:28 UT.” They subsequently tweeted more images of the Earth clicked at 17:29, 17:32, 17:34 and 17:37 UT.
Earlier on Friday, the fourth orbit raising activity for India’s moon spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 was performed successfully at 3.27 pm, the ISRO said.
On July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170×45, 475 km by India’s heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a textbook style.
The spacecraft comprises three segments — the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), the lander ‘Vikram’ (1,471 kg, four payloads) and rover ‘Pragyan’ (27 kg, two payloads).