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ISRO releases first image of Moon captured by Chandrayaan-2

File photo: Moon is seen from Chandrayaan 2. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 22, 2019, 07.42 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released the first image of Moon captured by Chandrayaan 2.

The image was captured at the height of about 2650 kilometres from the lunar surface on August 21, 2019. Mare Orientale basin and Apollo craters of Moon are identified in the picture.

ISRO chief K Sivan on Tuesday announced that Chandrayaan 2 had successfully entered the lunar orbit and its soft landing on the moon will take place on September 7.

The Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre which took a little over 28 minutes was completed at 9:02 am.

Chandrayaan will attempt to make a landing on the moon next month.

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Chandrayaan-2 will explore a region of the moon where no mission has ever set foot. The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander, and a rover together referred to as "composite body".

The spacecraft will be the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface. This mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to carry out a soft landing on the moon. 

PM Modi congratulated ISRO on Chandrayaan 2 entering the moon's orbit.

In a tweet, Modi said this was an important step in the landmark journey to the moon.

"Congratulations to Team ISRO on Chandrayaan 2 entering the moon's orbit. This is an important step in the landmark journey to the moon. Best wishes for its successful culmination," the Prime Minister said.