Chandrayaan-2 may be hiding in shadows, says NASA after capturing landing site

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Friday released high-resolution images of the lunar region where Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram had attempted a soft landing earlier this month.

The images were taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, however, owing to dusk the lander could not be located. The US space agency also issued a statement saying it is possible that the Vikram lander is hiding in a shadow.

The US space agency also stated that another attempt to locate lander will be made in October when the lighting is favourable. Earlier this month, the Chandryaan-2 orbiter had also clicked a thermal image of Vikram Lander. The Lander Vikram was scheduled to make a soft-landing near the south pole of the moon on September 7.

However, minutes before its scheduled soft-landing, the communication with Vikram Lander was lost. The Vikram Lander had successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on September 2. After revolving around the Earth’s orbit for nearly 23 days, the craft had begun its journey to the moon on August 14. The mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22.(ANI)