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Chandrayaan-2 Captures an Image of Chandrayaan-3

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The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, already in lunar orbit, snapped a picture of the Chandrayaan-3 lander after it accomplished a successful soft landing on the Moon’s South Pole.

“Chandrayaan-3 lander is imaged by the Dual-frequency Synthetic Aperture Radar (DFSAR) instrument onboard the Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on September 6, 2023,” ISRO said.

In a notable development, the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter established a two-way communication link with the Chandrayaan-3 lander module several days before its soft landing scheduled for August. Additionally, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently captured an image of the Chandrayaan-3 landing site. As of now, Chandrayaan-3 is positioned near the Moon’s South Pole following its successful soft landing on August 23.

India achieved a significant milestone with the successful lunar landing of the Chandrayaan-3 lander module, putting an end to the disappointment stemming from the Chandrayaan-2 crash landing four years ago. India has now become the fourth country, following the United States, China, and Russia, to accomplish a successful lunar surface landing.

After touching down, both the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover carried out various tasks on the lunar terrain, including detecting the presence of sulfur and other minor elements, recording temperature differentials, and monitoring nearby movements.

Chandrayaan-3’s defined objectives for India’s third lunar mission included ensuring a secure and gentle landing, rover mobility on the Moon’s surface, and conducting on-site scientific experiments.

At present, the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover are in “sleep mode,” with plans for their reactivation expected around September 22, 2023. In a recent update, the Indian Space Research Organisation released a three-dimensional ‘anaglyph’ image of the Chandrayaan-3 Vikram lander captured from the Moon’s South Pole.

Anaglyphs offer a straightforward way to visualize objects or terrain in three dimensions by combining stereo or multi-view images.

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