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NASA fails to locate Vikram lander due to ‘long shadows’ over landing site


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As the Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander connectivity time is coming to an end, NASA’s orbiter has snapped images of the lunar area where the ISRO’s mission made an unfruitful effort to soft-land, a senior spokesperson with the U.S. space organization confirmed on September 19.

NASA’s orbiter which is known as Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has taken quite a lot of images during its rotation on September 17 of Vikram’s ventured landing site near the moon’s unexplored south pole.

“The LRO models are still being concocted,” said Hautaluoma, Senior statesman of Communications Team Lead at NASA, composed in an email.

The chance of building a touch with the lander has the closing date of September 21 after that the moon region will enter into lunar nightfall. LRO deputy mission scientist John Keller shared a statement confirming that the LRO camera snapped the images, according to the information in cnet.com.

“The LROC team will analyze these new images and evaluate them to previous images to see if the lander is noticeable (it may be in shadow or outside the imaged area),” Mr. Keller was quoted as saying in the report.

NASA is verifying, analyzing and reviewing the images. It was near lunar sunset when the orbiter approved over, meaning large parts of the area were in shadow, the statement said.

According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the lander Vikram and rover Pragyan were supposed to be efficient only for 14 days from the day of their arrival.

At the start of the operation, ISRO said the mission time of the lander and the rover will be one lunar day which is equal to 14 Earth days, whereas the life of the orbiter will be the earth’s one year. The instruments and the parts in the lander are not designed for extremely cold conditions.

As the conditions on the moon might be very cold up to minus 200 degrees. So the lander and the rover might get damaged after the lunar day.

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