In the image captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
's HiRISE camera, the trail of the avalanche, which formed a long streak on the surface, can be seen originating from the impact crater.
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter
will be capable of communicating with the Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) on Earth as well as the Vikram lander on the surface of the moon.
More recently, images from lunar orbiters
have shown that the polar craters' shadowed floors are relatively bright at ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths.
"India also at first worked with NASA to acquire the technology to launch an orbiter
with its own rocket," said Choi Seok-won, who is in charge of KARI's lunar satellite program.
The Mars Orbiter
has five scientific instruments - Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP), Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM), Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA), Mars Colour Camera (MCC) and Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS).
Schiaparelli will separate from the orbiter
on October 16 and descend to the planet's Meridani Planum region three days later.
Last year's addition of two new spacecraft orbiting Mars brought the census of active Mars orbiters
to five, the most ever.
HiRISE is one of six instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo.
Scientists are now preparing for December 1, when the Mangalyn Mars orbiter
is due to break out of orbit and head toward the Red Planet.
INDIA'S longest space journey began with a successful first step on Tuesday with the launch of the Mars Orbiter
Mission ( MOM) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The 3,000lb (1,350kg) Mangalyaan orbiter
will first head into an elliptical orbit around Earth, after which a series of technical manoeuvres and short burns will raise its orbit before it slingshots toward Mars.
After orbiting the moon for two years, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
has beamed back more than 192 terabytes of data, scientists reported June 21.