Understanding of the lunar surface has potentially reached its zenith in 2019 with many nations keenly focusing on the Moon. Last week, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released very high spatial resolution images of the Moon taken from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter. The US space agency, NASA has also released a visual dataset of the Moon.
The Orbiter High-Resolution Camera (OHRC) onboard ISRO’s Chanrayaan-2 is capable of providing high-resolution images of the Moon. ISRO reports that it allows for the sharpest images ever from a lunar orbiter platform. Releasing the pictures taken from the OHRC on Friday, ISRO said that it is an essential new tool for lunar topographic studies of select regions.
The OHRC operates in the visible range of radiation and has a spatial resolution of 25 cm from a 100 km orbit—meaning it can distinguish an object of 25 cm on the lunar surface. The camera has a swath width of 3 km which means that it can scan a horizontal distance of 3 km at a time. These capabilities of OHRC helps in providing the sharpest images of lunar topography assisting the scientists in deciphering the Moon's mysteries.
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