NASA finds Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander, releases images of impact site on lunar surface
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Tuesday found the Vikram Lander of ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2, which got disconnected on September 7 following a hard landing on the lunar surface. The American space agency also released the images of the site where the Vikram lander had lost the communication with ISRO, before making a soft landing on the far side of the Moon’s surface.
The NASA released images showing the site’s changes on the Moon’s surface, and the impact point before and after the Vikram lander landed on the lunar surface. The images were clicked by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Camera.
"Green dots indicate spacecraft debris (confirmed or likely). Blue dots locate disturbed soil, likely where small bits of the spacecraft churned up the regolith. "S" indicates debris identified by Shanmuga Subramanian," the statement said without elaborating Subramanian's identity.
"Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with positive identification of debris. After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images," it added.
"The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team released the first mosaic (acquired on September 17) of the site on September 26 and many people have downloaded the mosaic to search for signs of Vikram. When the images for the first mosaic were acquired the impact point was poorly illuminated and thus not easily identifiable. Two subsequent image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11. The LROC team scoured the surrounding area in these new mosaics and found the impact site and associated debris field," the statement continued.
"The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site and was a single bright pixel identification in that first mosaic," NASA further said.
Vikram Lander was scheduled to make a soft-landing near the south pole of the moon on September 7. However, minutes before its scheduled soft-landing, ISRO had lost communication with the lander at 2.1 kilometers above the Moon's surface. Days later, the Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter had also clicked a thermal image of Vikram Lander.
The Vikram Lander had successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on September 2. After revolving around the Earth's orbit for nearly 23 days, the craft had begun its journey to the moon on August 14.
The mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22. Despite the setback, NASA said that getting close to the Moon's surface was an "amazing achievement".
(With ANI Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan