India’s friend USA is proving now and then that India has got a good friend there. Whether it be in the speeches of gaga events or be it going over the moon. Recently, NASA informed everyone that
“The Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, attempted a landing September 7 (September 6 in the United States), on a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters. Vikram had a hard landing and the precise location of the spacecraft in the lunar highlands has yet to be determined,”
NASA has released a photograph of the landing site on twitter.
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 favorable lighting. More: https://t.co/1bMVGRKslp pic.twitter.com/kqTp3GkwuM
— NASA (@NASA) September 26, 2019
The US Space Agency updated that, The pictures were captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft during its flyby on September 17. The images were taken at dusk, and the team was not able to locate the lander.
The Chandrayaan 2 lander may be hiding in a shadow, it added.
“The scene above was captured from a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Quickmap fly-around of the targeted landing site image width is about 150 kilometers across the center…so far the LROC team has not been able to locate or image the lander. It was dusk when the landing area was imaged, and thus large shadows covered much of the terrain; the Vikram lander may be hiding in a shadow.”
NASA said The moon orbiter would try to locate and image the lander again in October when the lighting will be favorable.
The deadline 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 where the lander was attempting a descent.
On Thursday, ISRO chief K Sivan said a national-level committee is analyzing “what went wrong with the lander.”
“We have got no signal from the lander. A national-level committee is now analyzing what went wrong with the lander. Maybe after the committees submit the report, we’ll work on the plan. Necessary approvals and other processes are required. We are working on that,” Mr. Sivan told news agency ANI.
“Our next priority is Gaganyaan mission,” the top space scientist in the country added.
India had expected to make space history with the Rs. 1,000-crore Chandrayaan 2 mission.
A successful soft landing on the moon’s surface would have made the country only the fourth – after the United States, Russia, and China – to achieve the action. It would also have made India the first country to complete a soft landing near the South Pole on its first attempt.
But now without losing hopes for new projects, ISRO has decided to execute working on “Gaganyaan.”