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NASA Finally Discovers The Shattered Remnants of India’s Lost Moon Lander

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NASA announced Monday that it had finally found the crash site of India’s lost lunar lander, Vikram. Images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera show the lander’s crash site about 600 km (372 miles) from the Moon’s south pole, shown below, including an impact point and field of debris surrounding it.

The impact point. (NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University)

Vikram was part of India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to send an orbiter, lander, and rover to the Moon’s surface. Those ambitions were cut short when the Indian Space Research Organization lost touch with the lander as it was approaching the lunar surface on September 7 after being released by the orbiter.

 

Two and a half months after the agency lost contact, the ISRO finally admitted the lander crashed – a week before NASA discovered the lander’s crash site.

The lander, with an orbiter and a rover called Pragyaan in tow, launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on July 15. The orbiter is currently in full operation.

The lander was set to make India only the fourth country after the US, the USSR, and China to softly land a manmade object on the Moon.

“Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement,” reads NASA’s statement.

This article was originally published by Futurism. Read the original article.

 



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