On Thursday, NASA released photographs of the site where Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram should make a land. However, the US space agency said that it was not able to decide the precise area of the Vikram, which ineffectively endeavored a delicate landing on the south side of the moon on September 7. Indian space organization ISRO lost contact with the lander minutes before the landing.
NASA Release HD Images of Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram Landing Sites
“Vikram had a hard landing and the precise location of the spacecraft in the lunar highlands has yet to be determined,” NASA said.
The photos identify the site where Vikram was supposed to land as “a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters.”
“The scene (image) 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,” NASA added in a statement. “The site was located about 600 kilometers (370 miles) from the south pole in a relatively ancient terrain (70.8°S latitude, 23.5°E longitude),” it said.
Chandrayaan-2 was India’s first attempt to at a soft landing on the lunar surface. The mission was a logical extension of the Chandrayaan-1 mission, which found hints of water on the moon’s exosphere; the successor attempted to find proof of the quality of water on the moon. In the event that the moon has water, it is in all likelihood on the south side, which doesn’t get much daylight.
On September 21, ISRO said that it would never again be attempting to contact Vikram since the 14-day mission life of the lander lapsed that day. The space office reported that the Chandrayaan-2 mission, in spite of Vikram having a crash landing, had accomplished 98% of its objectives. The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter keeps on being in the lunar circle and has the life of one year.
“The orbiter was initially planned for a year, but with the optimum mission planning, there is every possibility that it will last for another seven and a half years, benefiting us for science experiments,” ISRO Chief K Sivan had said