NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday took to micro-blogging platform Twitter and shared the first pictures of Earth captured by the LI4 camera installed in Chandrayaan-2.
In a series of tweets along with the images of Earth from space, ISRO said, “#ISRO First set of beautiful images of the Earth captured by #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander. Earth as viewed by #Chandrayaan2 LI4 Camera on August 3, 2019 17:28 UT.”
ISRO subsequently tweeted more images of the Earth clicked at 17:29, 17:32, 17:34 and 17:37 UT.
Earlier on Friday, the fourth orbit raising activity for India’s moon spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 was performed successfully at 3.27 p.m., the ISRO said.
The Indian space agency said the orbit of the Chandrayaan-2 was raised to 277×89,472 km by firing the onboard motors for 646 seconds.
All spacecraft parameters are normal, it said.
The fifth orbit-raising manoeuvre is scheduled between 2.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. on August 6.
On July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170×45,475 km by India’s heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a textbook style.
The spacecraft comprises three segments — the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), the lander ‘Vikram’ (1,471 kg, four payloads) and rover ‘Pragyan’ (27 kg, two payloads).