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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

NASA LRO found Vikram Lander in 3 pieces.

US space agency NASA tweeted about Chandrayaan-2's Vikram Lander that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has found Chandrayaan-2's Vikram Lander on the lunar surface.

NASA LRO found Vikram Lander in 3 pieces.
NASA LRO found Vikram Lander in 3 pieces.(Photo NASA)

NASA claimed that the debris of Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander was found 750 meters away from the crash site. The three largest pieces of debris are 2x2 pixels. NASA released a picture of the Vikram lander's impact site at around 1:30 pm on Monday night and reported that its orbiter had seen three pieces of the Vikram lander.
Vikram Impact : Before
Vikram Impact : Before (Photo NASA)

According to NASA, the picture of Vikram Lander has been taken from a height of one kilometer. It can be clearly seen in this picture that the land where the Vikram lander fell on the moon surface has also been damaged.
Viram Impact: After
Viram Impact: After (Photo NASA)


Indian Space Agency ISRO has contacted NASA and sought information on Vikram Lander's impact site. According to the information, NASA will submit a complete report to ISRO in which more information related to Vikram Lander will be available.

NASA will submit a complete report to ISRO
NASA will submit a complete report to ISRO

Earlier, the US space agency NASA had hoped to give information about Vikram, as its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was going to pass over the same spot where the Indian lander Vikram was expected to fall. NASA had earlier said that its LRO passed through Vikram's landing site on September 17 and high-resolution photos of that area were clicked.

 NASA had earlier said that its LRO passed through Vikram's landing site on September 17
NASA had earlier said that its LRO passed through
Vikram's landing site on September 17
Previously NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team could not get the position or picture of the lander. During that time NASA said that when our orbiter passed through the landing area, it had become dark and hence most of the part was hidden. When the LRO passes there in October, the light will be favourable there and an attempt will be made to take the position or picture of the lander once again. The lander did not appear in pictures taken by NASA's spacecraft at the beginning of October last month. After which it was said that even NASA could not detect Vikram Lander. But on Monday night, NASA informed that it had found Vikram Lander.


ISRO's Chandrayan-2 team.
ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 team.
India's heavy rocket, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark 3, launched a text book style Chandrayaan-2 into space on 22 July at a cost of Rs 978 crore. The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft had three parts - the orbiter (2,379 kg, eight payloads), Vikram Lander (1,471 kg, four payloads), and Pragyan (27 kg, two payloads).


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