First Photos by Chandrayaan 1 released by ISRO

Saturday, November 1, 2008, 7:51 by Tech Correspondent

On October 29, 2008, Chandrayaan-1’s Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC) was operated successfully, controlled by the Spacecraft Control Centre of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore.

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Earth - One of the first images by Chandrayaan -1

Earth - One of the first images by Chandrayaan -1 - click for larger image

The first images take by the Chandrayaan-1’s TMC was received and processed by the Indian Deep Space Network at Byalalu  and the Indian Space Science Data Centre, respectively.

Chandrayaan-1’s TMC took the first picture at 8AM on October 29, 2008, from a height of 9,000 km.

Photo of Earth by Chandrayaan's TMC

Photo of Earth by Chandrayaan

The first image taken was that of the Northern coast of Australia. The second image was taken from a height of 70,000 km at 12.30 pm and showed the Southern Coast of Australia.

The Terrain Mapping Camera records the visible light reflected from any object and delivers black and white pictures.

The TMC has a resolution of about 5 metres.

The TMC was taken as one of the eleven payloads on Chandrayaan-1 to deliver one of the crucial mission objectives of Chandryaan-1.

Besides TMC, the other four Indian payloads of Chandrayaan-1 are the Hyper spectral Imager (HySI), Lunar Laser Ranging Instrument (LLRI), High Energy X-ray Spectrometer (HEX) and the Moon Impact Probe (MIP). The other six payloads of Chandrayaan-1 are from abroad.

It may be recalled that the 1380 kg Chandrayaan-1 was successfully launched into an initial elliptical orbit around the Earth by PSLV-C11 on October 22, 2008. This was followed by four orbit raising manoeuvres, which together raised Chandrayaan-1’s orbit to a much higher altitude. The spacecraft is now circling the Earth in an orbit whose apogee (farthest point to Earth) lies at 267,000 km (Two lakh sixty seven thousand km) and perigee (nearest point to Earth) at 465 km. In this orbit, Chandrayaan-1 takes about six days to go round the Earth once. The spacecraft performance is being continuously monitored and is normal.

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  1. ashok said on Monday, November 24, 2008, 7:17

    i say very thanks for you as an indian.
    i pray for u

  2. nikhil said on Friday, December 26, 2008, 6:18

    i love these images . they are extremely wonderful and inspirational. i do hope that india does succeed in future space initiatives. every indian should be proud and must try tyo contribute to

    the isro.

  3. murali said on Thursday, March 5, 2009, 14:40


    i have see the photo and i enjoyed thanks for u all and all the best for ur next operation i am proud to be an indian “jai hind”

  4. vishwajit said on Monday, July 6, 2009, 14:24

    I love all the images . as if i am a

    8th standard boy i tell only and only jai hind.I am proud of india

  5. pericherla abhigna said on Sunday, July 19, 2009, 9:04

    I am really very proud of saying that I am an Indian.

  6. deepak poonia said on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 7:30

    as the chandrayaan 1 lifted off, i felt ligtning passing through me. it was a proud moment for every indian and i wish ISRO the very best of luck for their future projects. come on ISRO boys keep up the hard work, God is watching ur services towards d nation. being an Indian is superiorty in all fields.

  7. Sharath said on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 4:24

    I proud to be an INDIAN… Congratulations to Chandrayaan team…

  8. ismail lakhani said on Monday, August 3, 2009, 16:51

    i m now proud of ISRO that the are succesfully launched chadrayaan1. A grand salute

  9. vikrant gaoker said on Sunday, September 27, 2009, 11:48

    Watch out world ,next mission- marss.
    Proud to be INDIAN.

  10. george joseph randar said on Sunday, November 8, 2009, 2:29


  11. tamilarasan said on Sunday, November 8, 2009, 9:52

    earth is very good i will be the next man going to space

  12. antonitta said on Friday, November 13, 2009, 7:22

    I love these pictures its very useful for the youngsters so that they could realise the holyness of earth