Before starting the busiest portion of its particularly dense 2022 calendar, the Indian space agency shot the portrait at two iconic sites of the Apollo program.
These images were released by ISRO, the Indian space agency. They were then relayed on Reddit and Twitter and spotted by Futura. They were captured by the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, the pride of Indian aerospace. A way to make this machine profitable, which has been wisely in orbit since the relative failure of the eponymous mission in 2019.
Indeed, this satellite was supposed to work in tandem with the Vikram lander. Unfortunately, the latter had a disastrous end when it crashed on the Moon following a technical incident. Unable to brake during the approach phase, it therefore ended its race with a crash. Today, all that remains of the craft is probably a crater on the surface of our satellite.
Apollo11 landing image from Chandrayaan2's OHRC processed by using ISIS3! pic.twitter.com/fF9weHHPZ5
— Shan (Shanmuga Subramanian) (@Ramanean) February 22, 2022
Eagle and Intrepid modules still stand
But the loss of his partner did not make the probe obsolete. She continues to collect data for ISRO while she waits for her new co-worker to arrive. At present, the prize for the most beautiful images of the site went unquestionably to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. But those of Chandrayaan-2 are of at least comparable quality, if not better than those offered by the American machine.
We discover the impact points of the Apollo 11 and 12 missions with an unequaled level of detail. For those who are not familiar with them, these sites are an integral part of the history of the conquest of space. They are respectively the first and second missions to have brought humans to the Moon in 1969.
As a reminder, he went down in history as the great left out of the most famous space mission in history. While his two companions left to trample the lunar dust, Collins had to stay aboard the Columbia command module parked in orbit about 100km from the surface – an altitude comparable to that of the current orbit of Chandrayaan-2.
© The Apollo 12 mission site, with the Lunar Module Intrepid in the center. © ISRO
Let's hope that these very beautiful images bode well for the continuation of ISRO's operations. Indeed, the Indian agency will soon begin the home stretch before the next important deadline of its calendar: a new attempt to land a machine on the Moon during the Chandrayaan-3 mission, scheduled for August 2022.