India's crashed moon lander Chandrayaan-2 located


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has not commented on Monday's disclosure by the US space agency NASA of information and pictures about India's moon lander Vikram that disappeared from the radar tracking screen on September 7.

NASA has informed about the Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2.

On December 3, American space agency NASA had in a tweet said, "The #Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander has been found by our @NASAMoon mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter".

The main spacecraft, which remains in orbit around the Moon, dropped the unmanned lander Vikram for a descent that would take five days, but the probe went silent just 2.1 kilometers above the surface.

Indian Space Research Organisation chief K Sivan on Tuesday said the space agency's orbiter had located Chandrayaan-2's lander much before the National Aeronautics and Space Administration did, ANI reported. The LROC team compared moon's images before and after Vikram lost contact which helped them to locate the lander. "I feel happy I could find the debris".

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NASA was also keen to point out that the ISRO's mission was still a success.

In a statement, NASA explained that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured footage of the crash site on September 17, which was released on September 27.

"I had side-by-side comparison of those two images on two of my laptops. on one side there was the old image, and another side there was the new image released by NASA", Agence France Presse quoted Shanmuga Subramanian. "The November mosaic had the best pixel scale (0.7 meters) and lighting conditions (72° incidence angle)", read NASA's statement. He wondered if the crash might have buried the lander in the lunar soil. I had worked for close to seven hours every day for a week, going through the LROC images from Nasa.

The tweet was embedded with a screenshot of an email received from John Keller, Deputy Project Scientist at Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission, Goddard Space Flight Centre, NASA. Now with the statement of ISRO chief, India's Chandrayaan-2 campaign has once again come into the limelight.

"Using this information, the LROC team did additional searches in the area and located the site of the primary impact as well as other debris around the impact location and has announced the sighting on the Nasa and ASU pages where you have been given credit for your observation", he said.