Chandrayaan 2 | NASA captures pictures of Vikram's landing site: Report
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has captured images of the south polar region of the lunar surface where Chandrayaan 2 Lander Vikram failed to make a successful attempt to soft-land, as per reports.
The spacecraft has snapped a series of images while flying over the region on Tuesday (September 17) of Lander Vikram's landing site between craters Maginus C and Simpelius N, the US agency is now analysing and reviewing them.
The Indian space agency ISRO is trying its best to connect with the lander whose life will end on September 21 after the Moon region will enter into a lunar night.
LRO deputy project scientist John Keller shared a statement confirming that the orbiter's camera captured the images, according to a report in cnet.com.
"The LROC team will analyse these new images and compare them to previous images to see if the lander is visible (it may be in shadow or outside the imaged area)," Keller was quoted as saying in the statement.
NASA is validating, analysing and reviewing the images. It was near lunar dusk when the orbiter passed over, meaning large parts of the area were in shadow, the report said.
According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the lander Vikram and rover Pragyan were supposed to be functional only for 14 days from the day of their touchdown.
At the start of the mission, ISRO said the mission life of the lander and the rover will be one lunar day which is equal to 14 Earth days, whereas that of the orbiter will be one Earth year.
The nights on the Moon can be very cold, especially in the south polar region where Vikram is lying.
Temperatures could drop to as low as minus 200 degrees Celsius during the lunar night.
The instruments aboard the lander are not designed to withstand that kind of temperature. The electronics would not work and would get permanently damaged.
Therefore, if no connection is established in the next two days, ISRO may have to give up the hope to establish connection with the lander.
In the early hours of September 7, ISRO's plan to soft-land Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module on the lunar surface did not go as per script.
The lander lost communication with ground stations during its final descent. ISRO officials said that the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 remained healthy and safe.
A NASA spokesperson had earlier said that the space agency will share any before and after flyover imagery of the area around the targeted Chandrayaan-2 landing site to support analysis by ISRO.
(with PTI inputs)
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