NASA releases pictures of landing site; says Vikram lander had ‘hard landing’


The United States’ premier space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has said the Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander had a “hard landing” on the Moon’s surface. While releasing high-resolution images captured by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) during a lunar flyby, the agency said the Vikram lander attempted a soft landing on a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between “Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters” on September 7 before it lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The agency, however, could not verify the exact location of the spacecraft. The images captured by LROC also do not pinpoint Vikram lander’s location but it is possible that it “is hiding in shadow,” said NASA.

“The precise location of the spacecraft in the lunar highlands has yet to be determined. The scene above was captured from a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Quickmap fly-around of the targeted landing site image width is about 150 kilometres across the centre,” NASA said in a statement.

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