ISRO has released two more pictures of the Moon’s surface taken by the Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC) of Chandrayaan-1.
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The new pictures of the lunar surface are even more detailed.
The first picture show the many large and numerous craters present on the lunar surface. This picture has been taken over the polar region of the Moon.
According to ISRO, the bright terrain on the lower left of the picture is the 117 km-wide Moretus crater.
The second picture has been taken over the equatorial region of the Moon. This picture was taken on November 13, 2008, by Chandrayaan-1’s TMC.
The picture shows the uneven surface of the moon with its numerous craters. The lower-left bright area of the picture, is a section of the Torricelli crater.
The TMC was one of Chandrayaan-1’s first payload to be switched on. The TMC is a CCD camera that works within the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The TMC takes black and white stereo images.
The TMC has been taking pictures of the Moon since November 13, 2008 and is expected to send pictures of the Moon’s surface regularly.
One of the photos most looked forward to is a high-resolution, 3-D photo of the Moon’s terrain that will be sent by 2009. This photo is expected to provide a detailed view of the Moon’s surface, that will display exact locations of the craters and mountains on the Moon.
The 3-D pictures taken by the TMC will be put together to create the first Moon Globe, by 2010.