Nasa lunarcraft to take images of Vikram lander today
New Delhi: US space agency Nasa will try to take images of Vikram lander, lying motionless on Moon’s surface, with the help of its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on Tuesday. The US lunarcraft, which has been circling Moon since 2009, will fly over the lander’s site.
The images from LRO will help Indian Space Research Organisation know exact status of Chandrayaan-2’s lander and aid Isro’s efforts to establish contact with it. Vikram had ‘hardlanded’ on Moon’s south pole on September 7 during the 15-minute final descent. LRO was close enough during Vikram’s landing attempt to gather data about the manoeuvre using its lymanalpha mapping project instrument, according to space.com.
Meanwhile, two foreign astronomers, who have been keeping a constant watch on the orbiter, claimed that its altitude has come down to around 90km from the 100km circular orbit. However, TOI’s attempts to contact the Isro chairman’s office to know about the orbiter’s altitude have failed.
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