NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) had reportedly taken a fresh set of pictures of the Vikram Lander under much better lighting conditions and the space agency said rigorous searches will be undertaken to find the missing lander.
Noah Petro a scientist in the LRO project of NASA told that the lighting conditions on Monday were much favorable with less shadow in the region.
The pictures taken during the LRO’s last fly over the region on September 17 were not clear as it was dusk on the moon casting long shadows that covered most of the terrain. The lander may have been hidden under the shadows told the scientist.
Noad told “We flew over the landing site on Monday and the camera team is still evaluating images which may reveal more in the next few days.”
Petro Noah said they would carry out a careful and a rigorous search and find out what actually happened to the Vikram moon lander.
The LRO’s next flight over the region will be on November 10 which could be another good opportunity for clearer pictures.
Vikram lander has lost contact with the ground station of the Space Centre in Bengaluru minutes before the touchdown on the lunar surface on September 6.
Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1km. Subsequently, the communication from the lander to ground stations was lost.