Indian Moon probe pictures Earth
The terrain mapping camera will eventually help compile an atlas of the Moon India's Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft has sent back its first images.
The probe was launched on 22 October to embark on a two-year mission of exploration at the Moon.
Ground controllers in Bangalore instructed the probe to take pictures with its Terrain Mapping Camera as the spacecraft made a pass of the Earth.
Chandrayaan also fired its engines for three minutes to carry out an orbit raising manoeuvre which takes the probe closer to the lunar body. Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/scitech/23404-indian-moon-probe-pictures-earth.html
That was the fourth manoeuvre of its type made by the spacecraft, extending its orbit to more than half the distance to the Moon.
Just one more like it is required to take Chandrayaan into the Moon's vicinity, at a distance of 384,000km from Earth. Keeping up
The first images, taken at an altitude of 9,000km, show the northern coast of Australia while others, snapped at a height of 70,000km, show Australia's southern coast.
The camera takes black and white images at a resolution of 5mReference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=23404
The Terrain Mapping Camera is one of the eleven scientific instruments aboard Chandrayaan 1. The camera takes black and white pictures at a resolution of about 5m.
Once Chandrayaan reaches the Moon, it will slip into orbit to compile a 3D atlas of the lunar surface and map the distribution of elements and minerals.
The mission is regarded as a major step for India as it seeks to keep pace with other spacefaring nations in Asia.
The health of Chandrayaan 1 is being continuously monitored from the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore with support from Indian Deep Space Network antennas at Byalalu.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) - the country's space agency - says that all systems have been performing well.
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