This is a video of the moon's surface generated by the Terrain Mapping Camera of Chandrayaan, India moon mission. The TMC was built by Indian Space Research Organisation's Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad.
ISRO says that the TMC is taking excellent pictures of the moon's surface from Chandrayaan’s 100 kilometre high orbit.
The Chandrayaan-1 is carrying nine instruments which will perform various tasks around the moon. Till now seven instruments have been switched on.
ISRO scientists say that the two instruments which have not been switched on due to the rise in temperature are the high energy X Ray Spectra Meter and the Sara (Sub KeV Atom Reflecting Analyser). Both these instruments will image the surface of the moon and send back images which in turn will help scientists conduct a study of the moon.
ISRO scientists say that the two instruments are high voltage instruments and hence it would be dangerous to switch them on now due to the rise in temperature due to moon summer. However, there is no cause for worry and such a situation was expected, ISRO sources added. The two instruments are likely to be switched on in two weeks.
Text: Vicky Nanjappa
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Earlier video of the moon from Chandrayaan