Nasa lu­nar­craft to take images of Vikram lan­der to­day

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Suren­dra.Singh @times­group.com

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.

Full re­port on www.toi.in

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