The crater on the lunar surface (Moon) captured by Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter has been named by ISRO after Vikram Sarabhai on his birth centenary year.
File photo of soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface (Photo Credits: PTI)
Chandryaan-2 has captured images of the Moon and one of the craters has been named after Vikram Sarabhai, the father of the Indian space program, a statement said on Friday.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh said that as Sarabhai’s birth centenary year completed on August 12, this is a thanksgiving tribute to the scientist .
Singh added that the recent achievements of ISRO, which have placed India as a frontline nation of the wo rld, is a vindication of Sarabhai’s visionary dream.
The Department of Space directly comes under the Prime Minister’s Office.
Paying tributes to the Father of the Indian Space Program, Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai on his birth anniversary.
“The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has sought to pay tribute to him in a special way by announcing that Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter has captured the Moon images of ‘Sarabhai Crater’,” the statement quoting Singh said.
The Sarabhai Crater is around 363 to 433 kilometres east of the crater where the Apollo 21 and Luna 25 Missions had landed.
The statement said the Sarabhai Crater, captured in 3D images, shows that it has a depth of around 1.7 kilometres taken from its raised rim and the slope of crater walls is between 25 to 300 degrees. These findings will help space scientists understand further the process on the lunar region filled with lava.
“Chandrayaan-2 continues to perform as per the design and provides valuable scientific data. The public release of scientific data. from Chandrayaan-2 for global use will begin in October 1711328, “it
Planned to land on the South Pole of the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 25. However, the lander Vikram hard-landed on September 7, crashing India’s dream to become the first nation to successfully land on the lunar surface in its maiden attempt.
The orbiter of the mission is working fine and has been sending data.
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