Chandrayaan-2: NASA satellite finds India’s Vikram Moon Lander, releases images of impact site

WION Web Team Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America Dec 03, 2019, 07.34 AM(IST)

Image taken by it's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. (Image courtesy: www.nasa.gov) Photograph:( Others )

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Since India lost contact with the spacecraft in September, the precise location of its crash has been a mystery.

 

US space agency NASA has found the debris of Chandrayaan 2's lander, Vikram, on the lunar surface, the agency tweeted late on Monday with images.

The image (tweeted by NASA) shows the Vikram Lander impact point and associated debris field.

NASA released an image taken by it's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that showed the site of the spacecraft's impact (September 6 in India and September 7 in the US) and associated debris field, with parts scattered over almost two dozen locations spanning several kilometres.

"The Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander has been found by our NASAMoon mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter." NASA said in a tweet. 

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In a statement, NASA said it released a mosaic image of the site on September 26, inviting the public to search it for signs of the lander.

It added that a person named Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with a positive identification of debris -- with the first piece found about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site.

Blasting off in July, emerging Asian giant India had hoped with its Chandrayaan-2 ("Moon Vehicle 2") mission to become just the fourth country after the United States, Russia and regional rival China to make a successful Moon landing and the first on the lunar south pole.

The main spacecraft, which remains in orbit around the Moon, dropped the unmanned lander Vikram for a descent that would take five days, but the probe went silent just 2.1 kilometres above the surface.

Days after the failed landing, the Indian Space Research Organization said it had located the lander but hadn't been able to establish communication.

(With inputs from AFP)