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NASA's Latest Moon Flyby Finds No Trace of India's Vikram Lander



Washington: NASA has found no evidence of Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander captured during a recent flyby of the Moon orbiter of the lunar region where India’s ambitious mission attempted a soft landing, the US space agency said.

On September 7, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) attempted a soft landing of Vikram on the uncharted lunar south pole, before losing communication with the lander.

Lun The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter aged Noah Edward Petro, the Project Scientist for the LRO mission, told PTI in an exclusive email interaction .

Petro said that the camera team was carefully examined the images and employed the change detection technique.

This approach, he said, is used for finding new meteorite impacts on the Moon.

Ram It is possible that Vikram is located in a shadow or outside of the search area. John Keller, deputy project scientist LRO Mission, told PTI.

During the previous flyby, the LRO passed over the landing site on September 17 and acquired a set of high-resolution images of the area.

The LRO team had not been able to locate or image the lander even then.

Vikram attempted landing on a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters before losing communication with ISRO.


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