NASA, the US space agency on Friday has released the high-resolution images captured by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) that might hint about what may have happened to the Vikram lander. As NASA expected the orbiter to capture the precise location of the lander but the large shadows covered much of the terrain as it was dusk by the time tried to click the area. “It is possible that the Vikram lander is hiding in a shadow,” NASA said in a statement, releasing high-resolution images of the landing spot on the official Twitter handle. We have to wait until October 14 when the NASA orbiter gets a better view of the lander during its next flyover on which is closer to lunar mid-day at the landing site.
Our @LRO_NASA mission imaged the targeted landing site of India’s Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram. The images were taken at dusk, and the team was not able to locate the lander. More images will be taken in October during a flyby in favorable lighting. More: https://t.co/1bMVGRKslp pic.twitter.com/kqTp3GkwuM
— NASA (@NASA) September 26, 2019
Vikram lost the contact with ground stations about 2.1 km above the touchdown site. ISRO has already announced that the possibility of establishing contact with the lander until September 21 after which the region entered into a lunar night.