The Indian Chandrayaan-2 vehicle would have been imaged as the orbit of NASA’s lunar satellite takes it close to the place where the Indian craft was programmed to land.
Chandrayaan-2 enthusiasts and Indian space researchers were anxiously waiting for news, as NASA had promised hope of some information related to the Vikram lander by Tuesday. The space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) flyby over the site where the Indian probe had to land was expected to send back imagery of the location and the lander.
NASA has responded to the expectations, saying that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team was not able to locate or image the Indian lander. The U.S. space agency and its Space Administration department has yet to clearly state whether it has found the Indian moon lander or not.
NASA’s promise was that will disclose its findings on October 14th, as its LRO would orbit around and fly over the landing site where Vikram might have landed. In its response to those awaiting news given on Wednesday, the American space agency admitted its LRO flew over the landing site on September 17th and sent back to Earth a bunch of high-resolution images of the location.
“It was dusk when the landing area was imaged, and thus large shadows covered much of the terrain; it is possible that the Vikram lander is hiding in a shadow. The lighting will be favorable when LRO passes over the site in October and once again attempts to locate and image the lander,” NASA had said.
As per NASA, the Vikram lander was programmed to attempt landing on a small portion of a lunar plateau’s smooth prairie located between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters. Apparently, Vikram’s targeted landing site was located at approximately 600 kilometers (370 miles) from the South Pole in a somewhat ancient terrain.
The program was India’s first attempt on a smooth landing on the Moon.