NASA tweets images of landing site where Vikram attempted a descent.
US space agency NASA released high-resolution images of Indian Space Research Mission’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram intended landing site on Friday. It was, however, unable to determine the exact location of the lander. The Vikram lander module had a hard landing between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters before losing communication with ISRO on September 7.
NASA posted two images from its official twitter handle stating, “Our @LRO_NASA mission imaged the targeted landing site of India’s Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram. The images were taken at dusk, and the team was not able to locate the lander. More images will be taken in October during a flyby in favourable lighting.”
The site was located about 600 km (370 miles) from the South Pole in a relatively ancient terrain and the possibilities of Chandrayaan 2 lander hiding in a shadow cannot be ruled out. All attempts to contact Vikram, which had a 14-day mission life, ended on Saturday last as lunar night began to fall in the south polar region of the moon.
Meanwhile, ISRO Chief K Sivan said that a national-level committee is analysing ‘what really went wrong with the lander’. He said, “We have got no signal from lander. May be after the committee submits the report, we’ll work on the future plan. Our next priority is Gaganyaan and we are working on it.”