The Nasa takes pictures of the moon landing place of Chandrayaan-2: report
HOUSTON: As the deadline for the restoration of communication with the Chandrayaan 2 lander approaches, Nasa's lunar orb has taken pictures of the lunar region where the Indian mission has made an unsuccessful attempt to invade the soft land US space agency.
The spaceship Nasa (LRO) has taken a series of pictures of Vikram's attempted land view near the unknown South Pole of the Moon during his flyby on 17 September. The US Space Agency is analyzing and reviewing these images.
The likelihood of contacting the lander ends on the 21st of September, as the lunar region then enters a moonlit night.
John Keller, deputy project scientist at LRO, said a statement confirming that the orbiter's camera had taken the pictures, according to a report on cnet.com.
The LROC team analyzes these new images and compares them with earlier images to determine if the lander is visible (it can be in the shade or out of range), Keller was quoted in the statement.
NASA validates, analyzes and reviews the images. It was near dusk when the orbiter passed by, which meant that much of the area was in shadow, according to the report.
According to the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro), the lander Vikram and the rover Pragyan should only be functional for 14 days from the day of their landing.
At the beginning of the mission, Isro said that the mission life of the lander and rover will be a lunar day, which equates to 14, while that of the orbiter will be one Earth year.
The nights on the moon can be very cold, especially in the South Pole region where Vikram is located. During the moonlit night, temperatures can drop to minus 200 degrees Celsius.
The instruments aboard the Lander are not designed for this type of temperature. The electronics would not work and be permanently damaged.
If no connection is made in the next two days, Isro may have to give up hope of connecting to the lander.
In the early hours of September 7, Isros' plan to place Soft Land's Vikram module on the lunar surface was not scripted.
During the final descent, the lander lost communication with the ground stations. Isro officials said that the Orand of Chandrayaan-2 remained healthy and safe.
A Nasa spokesman had previously said that the space agency will share all the images before and after the overpass over the Chandrayaan-2 landing site to support Isro's analysis.