The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) already had a big week. The group's Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft successfully entered orbit around the moon a few days ago. This is an important milestone for a mission that could make India the fourth country on earth to successfully make a gentle landing on the moon. Now that the spaceship is circling the Earth's tiny neighbor comfortably, ISRO has just released the first photo of the Moon taken by the lander landing near the South Pole of the Moon.
It's a fantastic shot with captions for the Apollo Crater and the Mare Orientale Basin, giving us a good idea of what Lander can see when he orbits the Moon. As ISRO noted in the description of the photo, the image was taken at an altitude of approximately 2,650 km from the surface, which is approximately 1
There is still a lot of work for ISRO and the engineers involved in the mission, but they are definitely fast approaching the finish line. The lander is expected to land on the moon on September 7, and the ISRO team will ensure in the coming weeks that the spacecraft is in the perfect position to make its final maneuvers.
If the group can do it, India will be the fourth country to accomplish such a feat. Had it been easier for the Israeli Beresheet lander, India would only be able to finish fifth on the list. However, since Beresheet bounced on the lunar surface rather than land safely, the fourth place is still to be awarded. India would join the US, the USSR and China.