In its efforts to find and photograph the Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander, which remained silent in his effort to land near the south pole of the Moon previously this month, the US Space Agency NASA had vain resultsTen days after Vikram came out of touch, the NAA sent its lunar orbiter over the landing place of Chandrayaan-2 in an effort to determine the destiny of Vikram.
Now NASA published the pictures taken by their Lunar Recognition Orbiter when they flew over the Vikram landing site on September 17. The pictures in high-resolution capture a big part of this lunar cratered surface. Nasa said they couldn’t find Vikram on Moon, however.
In the early hours of September 7th Vikram, a Chandrayaan 2 lander housing the 6-wheeled lunar rover of Pragiaan, tried to land on the moon. It was then early in the morning that Vikram was trying to land in South Polar Moon.
Now, about 27 Earth days are about one lunar day. It covers about 14 days of day on earth and 14 days of night on earth. At the beginning of day Vikram’s attempt at landing, in the southern polar region of the Moon, during which he lost contact with Earth.
In the aftermath Vikram lost touch, a frenzied attempt was made to restore communication with the Chandrayaan 2 lander by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). Nasa also joined the attempt to determine the destiny of Vikram.
The Nasa Lunar Recognition Orbiter was flown on the landing site of Vikram on 17 September, and took pictures. The pictures have been published with Nasa today stating that the Vikram lander could not be found. 10 days after Vikram’s landing effort, the Nasa LRO took the pictures when daylight in the southern polar Moon region was starting.