India’s Chandrayaan beams Moon's Shadow during Solar Eclipse

India's first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 captured the shadow of the moon on the earth's surface during the July 22 total solar eclipse, an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official said on Tuesday (7/28/2009).

Chandrayaan-00"Chandrayaan tracked the movement of moon's shadow on the earth during the total solar eclipse. The high resolution images of the TMC from 07:45 IST show the lunar shadow spreading its footprint from north-eastern China to northern parts of Australia," ISRO director S. Satish said here.

The dark shadow of the umbra region can be vividly seen in the series of images the space agency released a week after the celestial event. The spacecraft digitally transmitted the pictures to the space agency's Deep Space Network (DSN) at Baylalu, about 40 km from this tech hub.

"The digital images were processed and scanned at our Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad and the telemetry, tracking and command network (Istrac) in Bangalore. The capturing of the solar eclipse confirms the spacecraft is orbiting the moon even at 200 km with all its payloads satisfactorily," Satish said.

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The moon-craft has orbited around the moon 3,000 times over the last eight months and its high-resolution cameras relayed about 70,000 digital images of the lunar surface, providing breathtaking views of mountains and craters, including those in the permanently shadowed area of the moon's polar region.

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