NASA shares pictures of Chandrayaan-2: The lander of Chandrayaan-2 had a “hard landing” previous this month before it lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro),
Latest Space News is NASA National Aeronautics & Space Administration has announced.
The American space agency announced high-resolution pictures taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC)
during its flyby of the lunar section where Vikram lander tried a soft landing near the moon’s strange area on September 7.
The lander was only 2.1 km away from creating history by being the world’s leading space mission to soft-land near the lunar south pole.
“Vikram had hard steering, and the precise position of the spacecraft in the lunar highlands has yet to be determined,” Nasa told on its website.
The US company announced the site was located about 600 kilometres from the south pole in a nearly ancient terrain. NASA shares pictures of Chandrayaan-2
Latest Space News is The LRO, Nasa announced, passed over the arrival site on September 17 and that “so far the LROC company has not been able to find or image the lander”.
“It was dusk when the arrival area imaged, and thus large shadows included much of the terrain; the Vikram lander may be lurking in a shadow. The lighting will be helpful when LRO passes over the site in October and once again tries to locate and image the lander,” it added.
The lander of the Chandrayaan-2 mission was trying a “soft,” or established, settling near the south pole of the moon where scientists believe there could be water ice.
It had begun its powered attack at 1.38 am, and reduced its speed from 1,640 metres per second to 140 metres per second in 10 minutes. In the last few minutes, when the lander was decreasing its height to the lunar surface, communications snapped.
The last 15 minutes of the mission, in which the lender tries to conduct itself with the help of its drive system, had been described by Isro chief K Sivan as “15 minutes of terror”.
Initially listed for July 15, Chandrayaan-2’s launch was cancelled due to a technical snag at the eleventh hour before take-off.
India’s second lunar mission was launched from Sriharikota onboard the GSLV Mk III on July 22 after scientists made the problem in about a week.