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India's Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft discovers the moon in New Lunar photos



View of the North Pole region of the Moon from Chandrayaan-2 on 23 August 201

9. 2019.

(Photo credit: ISRO) [19659004] India's Chandrayaan-2 spaceship orbits the moon and has an incredible view as it waits to make history.

The spaceship arrived at Lunar Orbit on August 19 (Aug. 20 local time at Mission Control of Indian Space Research Organization ) and is currently performing a series of maneuvers to complete this orbit to optimize in preparation for a landing trial in less than two weeks.

The spacecraft takes stunning pictures of the surface of the moon, including a set taken on 23 August by the terrain map camera 2 of the vehicle. Below, one showing the Moon North Pole, including Plaskett, Rozhdestvenskiy, Hermite, Sommerfeld and Kirkwood cr aters.

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A second image shows a region of the northern hemisphere of the opposite side, including the Jackson, Mach, Mitra and Korolev crater.

Chandrayaan-2 settles in an orbit between the poles of the moon. In about a week, the orbiter will part with the rest of the mission and continue on this path for the next year or so. The probe is modeled on the Indian spaceship Chandrayaan-1 which carried the instrument that confirmed the presence of water ice in craters near the lunar poles.

A glimpse of the other side of the moon, taken from the Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft on August 23, 2019.

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The Lander portion of the spacecraft will head for the surface near the South Pole of the Moon with an on-board rover attempting to land on India's first soft moon. If the maneuver is successful, the country after the Soviet Union, the US and China will be only the fourth country that has accomplished such a feat.

The landing is scheduled for September 6th (September 7th) at Mission Control).

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