The photographs show some asteroid impact regions on the near side of the natural satellite, such as Mare Marginis and Mare Smythii.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO, for its acronym in English) shared on Tuesday some photographs, as well as a video, that were captured with the cameras installed on the lander. Chandrayaan-3 during its approach to the Moon.
In the case of the images, the Indian space agency explained which were taken last Saturday by the lander’s position detection camera (LPDC), to a height of 70 kilometers above the lunar surface. In them you can see some regions of asteroid impacts, such as the Mare Marginis and the Mare Smythiiwhich are on the visible side of the Earth’s natural satellite.
On the other hand, the ISRO public a video, obtained last Sunday by the number 4 image capture camera, which shows a closer view of the lunar soil. Chandrayaan-3 is equipped with cameras that allow it to orient its position, so the captured images match a lunar map that is programmed into its on-board computer.
The Chandrayaan-3 probe is scheduled to land near the lunar south pole on Wednesday. The success of this mission would make India the fourth country, after the Soviet Union, the US and China, to land on our satellite.