NASA finds no evidence of Chandrayaan-2 lander in latest flyby images

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft who was capturing images during the latest flyby found no evidence of Chandrayaan-2 lander. The U.S. space agency now suspects if the lander was hidden in shadows of the moon or if is now outside of the search area.

The Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram attempted a soft landing on September 7 in a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between two craters. However, the it had a hard landing and the precise location of the spacecraft in the lunar highlands has yet to be determined.

After a hard landing  it lost contact with the ground station. Attempts to re-establish contact with the lander failed within the brief 14 days window period.

The US space agency had also released pictures of the targeted landing site, labeling the craters.

A view looking down on the Vikram landing site (image acquired before the landing attempt), image width 87 kilometers (54 miles) . @NASA


he Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, attempted a landing between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters. @NASA