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

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       A lunar orbiter operated by the United States successfully managed to take photographs of the Chandrayaan-2 lander’s landing site this week. However, the photographs, which were taking in dim light, are yet to reveal the fate of the Vikram lander. In fact, it is possible that the highly pixelated photographs may not have captured the Vikram lander. The photographs, taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, were shot at a time when there is late evening near the south pole of the Moon, where Vikram attempted landing earlier this year. That along with Moon’s crater-filled surface creates long shadows in the south polar region. This fact that could mean that Vikram may have been hiding in the shadows when the pictures were shot by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is operated by the US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Vikram, Chandrayaan-2’s lander module that houses the six-wheeled rover Pragyaan, went silent on September 7 when it attempted landing near the south pole of the Moon. The Vikram lander lost communication with the Indian Space Research Organisation moments before its landing and nearly at the end of its lunar descent, which went according to plan for the most part. Since then, Isro and Nasa have been making all-out efforts to get in touch with the Vikram lander with the help of their Earth-based space antennas. But all those attempts have been futile.