NASA shares Chandrayaan 2 landing site images, says Vikram had hard landing
Sep 30 2019
It is further stated that, " We have photographed the landmark landmark of Chandrayaan 2, India. The orbiter carries on board eight payloads, or scientific instruments, meant to carry out experiments. The duration of the manoeuvre was 1,738 seconds.
Only the U.S., the former Soviet Union and China have successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon. The orbiter was created to spend a year circling the moon from pole to pole.
The mission has 13 Indian payloads, including eight on Orbiter, three on lander and two on rover, and one passive experiment from USA space agency NASA.
After NASA's LRO captured the high-resolution images, we know for certain that the Vikram lander had a hard landing. NASA has apparently been searching for the Chandrayaan-2 landing module Vikram ever since it lost connection with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The agency of United States added that the site was located for about 600 kilometers from the south pole in a relatively ancient terrain. This would take almost four hours, as the rover will move at a speed of 1 cm per minute. The Vikram Lander was supposed to land on the moon and roll out the rover "Pragyan".
The present images show large shadowed areas and Vikram could be anywhere among it.
But, like Vikram, Pragyaan too will freeze out of operation during the ongoing cold night in the south polar region.
On August 14, Isro conducted the final orbit raising manoeuvre of the spacecraft, taking it to the Lunar Transfer Trajectory.
A view looking down on the Vikram landing site (image acquired before the landing attempt), image width 54 miles. However, ISRO lost all communication with its lander on September 7 after its hard landing on the surface. The mission was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on 22 July.
The lander of the Chandrayaan-2 moon mission was attempting a "soft", or controlled, landing near the south pole of the moon where scientists believe there could be water ice.
The U.S., Russian Federation and China are the only countries to have successfully made "soft landings" on the Moon.
The ISRO chairman was in the city to attend a conference organised by the Indian Society of Systems For Science and Engineering (ISSE).