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NASA Shares Images of Chandrayaan 2's Landing Site, Says Will Soon Locate 'Vikram'

NASA Shares Images of Chandrayaan 2's Landing Site, Says Will Soon Locate 'Vikram'

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New Delhi, September 27, 2019:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has shared images of the landing site of India’s Chandrayaan 2 lander, Vikram, on its Twitter handle.

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft captured the images of a small patch where the Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram had tried to land. The LRO took the images on September 17 at dusk.

In a statement, NASA said that the Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, had attempted to land on the small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters. The attempt was made on September 7, as per the statement.

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It added that Vikram had a hard landing and the precise location of the spacecraft in the lunar highlands was yet to be determined.

NASA further said that the images were captured from a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). It informed that the landing site image width was about 150 km across the centre. “It is possible that the Vikram lander is hiding in a shadow,” it said in an official statement.

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The moon orbiter will attempt to locate and image the Chandrayaan 2 lander, Vikram, next in October when the lighting would be favourable, NASA said.

It is to be mentioned that Vikram had a 14-day mission life and the deadline to contact the lander expired on Saturday, September 21. India had expectations to make a mark in the history with the Chandrayaan 2 mission which was worth Rs. 1,000 crore.

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