Chandrayaan-2: Nasa lunar orbiter photographs Vikram landing site but lander not spotted yet

A lunar orbiter operated by the US space agency Nasa flew over the landing site of the Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram and took photos earlier this week

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NASA captures images of Chandrayaan-2’s landing site

As the deadline to re-establish communication with Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander nears, NASA’s Moon orbiter has captured images of the lunar region where the Indian mission made an unsuccessful attempt to soft-land. According to a senior official with the US space agency, it flew over the area when local lunar time was near dusk and large shadows covered much of the area. The NASA team will now analyse these new images to see if the lander is visible as it may be in a shadow or outside the imaged area. The probability of establishing contact with the lander has a deadline of September 21 because after that the Moon region will enter into a lunar night.

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