Chandrayaan 2: sent some more wonderful pictures of Earth and Moon!

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Vikram, named after Dr Vikram A Sarabhai, the father of the Indian Space Programme, should land on a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, which are around 70° south.

Former NASA scientist Kumar Krishen said India's space agency should be praised for taking on ambitious projects like Chandrayaan-2.

The first picture of Moon captured by Chandrayaan-2 was released by ISRO on August 22. It entered the Moon's orbit last Tuesday and the first Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for the spacecraft was performed successfully on Wednesday.

Chandrayaan-2 will soon create history by landing on Moon on September 7, a moment everyone in the country is waiting for with bated breath.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation said it has manoeuvred Chandrayaan - the Sanskrit word for "moon craft" - into lunar orbit on Tuesday. A landing on Moon will also make India only the fourth country - after the US, Russia and China - to achieve this feat. Images of the crater are among the second set of pictures of the northern craters sent by the orbiter. The rover is set to make the soft landing on the Moon on September 7 and if successful the mission would make India the fourth country after Russian Federation, the U.S. and China to achieve the feat. The spacecraft had left the Earth's orbit and entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory on August 14.

ISRO said Jackson is an impact crater located in the northern hemisphere of the far side of the Moon. "The Korolev crater seen in the image is a 437 km crater which has several small craters of varying sizes". It was launched atop a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII, India's most powerful rocket and will carry an orbiter, a Lander Vikram, and a Rover Pragyan, which would revolve around the moon for 12 days. It is named after Prof.

The spacecraft will now take until September 1 to complete lowering its orbit to a circular 100km, with some time being spent on mapping Vikram's landing site.

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