NASA Says It Has Found Chandrayaan 2's Vikram Lander On Moon, Tweets Pics

NASA Says It Has Found Chandrayaan 2

NASA released images clicked by its Lunar Orbiter that shows site of impact, associated debris field.

New Delhi: US Space Agency NASA today said its satellite orbiting the Moon has found Chandrayaan 2's Vikram Lander on the lunar surface. The lander had lost contact shortly before the scheduled touchdown on September 7.

NASA also released images clicked by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that shows the site of impact and the associated debris field.

In a statement, NASA said the "debris first located by Shanmuga Shanmuga about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site and was a single bright pixel identification in that first mosaic (1.3-meter pixels, 84-degree incidence angle). The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2x2 pixels and cast a one-pixel shadow."

"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. 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 Oct. 14 and 15, and Nov. 11. The LROC team scoured the surrounding area in these new mosaics and found the impact site and associated debris field," the statement added.

Chandrayaan 2 was launched on July 22 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, on the back of a GSLV Mark III rocket - ISRO's largest and most powerful. The mission was originally scheduled to launch on July 15 but that was aborted, with less than an hour remaining, after a technical glitch was discovered.

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