Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter’s Image of Lunar Far-Side Released by ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday, 17 October, released the what it called was the “first illuminated image of the lunar surface acquired by the Chandrayaan-2 mission's IIRS payload.”

"IIRS (Imaging Infrared Spectrometer) is designed to measure reflected sunlight from the lunar surface in narrow and contiguous spectral channels," the space agency said in a tweet.

"The image covers part of the lunar far-side in the northern hemisphere. Few prominent craters are seen in the image (Sommerfield, Stebbins and Kirkwood)," ISRO said in a statement.

On 4 October, ISRO had released images of the Moon's surface captured by Chandrayaan-2's Orbiter High-Resolution Camera (OHRC).

The mission's Vikram lander made a hard-landing on the moon on 7 September, with the ground stations having lost communication with it.

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