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A short movie made from the images taken by Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC) of Chandrayaan-1 as the spacecraft flew over the area near the South polar region of moon. The Terrain Mapping Camera,built by ISRO’s Space Applications Centre(SAC) of Ahmedabad, is taking excellent pictures of Moon’s surface from Chandrayaan-1’s 100 km high orbit from the Lunar surface.
Moon as viewed by Chandrayaan-1 on 4 Nov. 2008 , Distance ~ 311200 Km. from Moon
The first orbit reduction manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft which is orbiting the moon, was successfully performed on November 9, 2008 , night. As part of that manoeuvre which began at 20:03 IST, the 440 Newton liquid engine of the spacecraft was fired for about 57 seconds. With this, the nearest point of Chandrayaan-1’s orbit (periselene) from the moon’s surface was reduced from 504 km to 200 km while the farthest point (aposelene) remained unchanged at 7,502 km. In this elliptical orbit, Chandrayaan-1 takes about ten and a half hours to circle the moon once.