On the 5th of September, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) unveiled a remarkable 3-dimensional 'anaglyph' image of the Chandrayaan-3 Vikram lander, captured from the lunar south pole.
This captivating image is crafted from NavCam Stereo Images, comprising a left and right image taken by the Pragyan Rover. An anaglyph, as defined by ISRO, offers a simplified three-dimensional visualization of an object or terrain using stereo or multi-view images.
In this vivid 3-channel composition, the left image resides in the red channel, while the right image finds its place in the blue and green channels, resulting in a striking cyan hue. The disparity in perspective between these images creates a stereo effect, imparting the illusion of three dimensions. To fully experience this remarkable imagery, ISRO recommends the use of red and cyan glasses for 3D viewing.
NavCam, a technological marvel developed by LEOS/ISRO, serves as the lens through which these lunar vistas were captured, with data processing orchestrated by SAC/ISRO.
These images arrive just one day after ISRO reported that the 'Vikram Lander' had entered sleep mode around 8 a.m. IST on Monday morning. The payloads aboard the lander have concluded their data collection mission and have been powered down. ISRO anticipates that around the 22nd of September, both Vikram Lander and Pragyaan will awaken once more.
This achievement follows a monumental milestone on August 23, when India made history as the Chandrayaan-3 lander module successfully touched down on the moon's South Pole. This accomplishment marked India as the first nation to overcome the disappointment of the Chandrayaan-2 crash landing four years prior. In doing so, India joins an elite group, comprising the United States, China, and Russia, as the fourth country to successfully land on the lunar surface.
In this triumphant venture, India's ISRO has once again demonstrated its prowess in space exploration, reaffirming its status as a global leader in lunar exploration.