Chandrayaan-1 cameras become operational
Chandrayaan-1, India’s spacecraft to the moon, has beamed down two pictures of the Earth it took on October 29. The pictures were taken by the Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC) on board the spacecraft after it was switched on.
The TMC is an imaging instrument built by the Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The aim is to take pictures of the entire surface of the Moon.
The ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C11) put Chandrayaan-1 into its initial orbit with an apogee of 22,866 km and a perigee of 256 km on October 22.