Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter captures ‘Sarabhai Crater’ images: Minister

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Sarabhai Crater on the moon as captured by Chandrayaan-2

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”.

Announcing this here today, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Dr Jitendra Singh said ISRO wanted to announce this as a tribute Dr Sarabhai, the Father of India’s Space Programme, to mark the completion of one year of centenary celebrations.

“This has placed India as a frontline nation of the world is a vindication of Sarabhai’s visionary dream”, said the Minister adding that every Indian is filled with pride and confidence as inputs provided by India’s space missions are today being utilised even by those nations of the world who had started their space journey much longer before us.

As per the ISRO sources, “Sarabhai” Crater is named after Dr Vikram Sarabhai and around 250 to 300 kilometres east of this Crater is where the Apollo 17 and Luna 21 Missions had landed. The Sarabhai Crater captured in 3D images shows that the Crater has a depth of around 1.7 Kms taken from its raised rim and the slope of Crater walls is in between 25 to 35 degree. These findings will help the Space Scientists to understand further the process of the lunar region filled with lava.

It was further informed that Chandrayaan-2 continues to perform as per the design and providing valuable scientific data. The public release of scientific data from Chandrayaan-2 for global use will begin in October 2020.