ISRO has released, what they call, the first illuminated image of part of the lunar farside in the northern hemisphere. The image has been sent to Earth by Chandrayaan 2‘s Orbiter.
Circling at an altitude of about 100km over the moon, Chandrayaan-2’s Orbiter deployed it’s Imaging Infrared Spectrometer (IIRS) to click the picture of the lunar surface.
The image show craters (bowl-shaped cavity on a celestial object) namely, Sommerfield, Stebbins and Kirkwood.
However, the main purpose of the IIRS is to study the sunlight that bounces off from different kinds of lunar surface types, including crater central peaks, crater floors and large craters.
The image clicked by the Orbiter also highlights the Orbiter’s capabilities as ISRO’s hunt to locate Chandryaan-2’s Lander Vikram continues.