new Delhi: When Chandrayaan-2 (chandrayaan-2) lander Vikram was trying to land on the lunar surface, he lost contact with the ground station due to 'hard landing'. US Space Agency NASA (NASA) gave this information. He has said that the scientists of the space agency have so far failed to find the lander. In its statement, NASA said that Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram tried to land in the area between Simpelius N and Mangenius C crater of the lunar surface on September 7. Vikram had a hard landing and is yet to find his actual location. Along with this, NASA has shared photographs of the landing site showing the craters.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Spacecroft sent these pictures on 17 September. NASA tweeted that this image was taken in a blur and the team failed to find the lander. In October, the LRO orbiting the moon will try to find the location of the lander again if the light conditions are favorable.
Our @LRO_NASA mission imaged the targeted landing site of India’s Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram. The images were taken at dusk, and the team was not able to locate the lander. More images will be taken in October during a flyby in favorable lighting. More: https://t.co/1bMVGRKslp pic.twitter.com/kqTp3GkwuM
– NASA (@NASA) September 26, 2019
Experts analyzing the causes of Vikram's failure
Meanwhile, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) recently said that a national committee of its own experts and academics are analyzing the reasons for the failure of Moon Lander Vikram. After losing contact with Vikram while landing on the moon on September 7, ISRO issued a statement saying that the National Committee of Academics and ISRO experts are finding out the reasons for disconnection from Vikram.
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ISRO, in its statement, did not provide any information regarding the timeframe for sharing the report of this study with the members of the National Committee of Academics, the head of the committee and the country. The lander Vikram also had a Pragyan rover who after landing a soft landing on the moon land of the lander, would come out of it and land on the moon.
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Earlier on July 22, Chandrayaan-2 of the Rs 978 crore project was launched by India's heavy rocket carrier Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-MK III). The Chandrayaan-2 vehicle had three parts – Orbiter (2,379 kg, eight payloads), Vikram (1,471 kg, four payloads) and Pragyan (27 kg, two payloads).
After completing its activities in the Earth's orbit, Chandrayaan-2 entered the moon's orbit. On September 2, Vikram separated from the orbiter. According to ISRO, the performance of all the payloads of the orbiter is satisfactory. The orbiter is doing predetermined experiments of science to the full satisfaction of ISRO.