Bengaluru: National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) said on Friday that the Chandrayaan-2; Vikram Lander, that lost connection with ISRO on 7th September, had a hard landing on the lunar surface. The space agency had released high resolution image captured by its reconnaissance orbiter of the moon’s unchartered South Pole where the lander was supposed to land softly.
ISRO developed Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram event was India’s first attempt to soft land on the Moon and could have propelled it into a select club of countries to have landed on the lunar surface. After Vikram lost contact with ground stations, just 2.1 km above the touchdown site, the possibility of establishing contact with the lander had a deadline of September 21, because after that the region entered into lunar night.
The module had attempted a soft landing on a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters as planned by ISRO to launch it on one lunar day, which is equal to 14 Earth days.