ISRO Releases Pictures of Moon Surface Clicked by OHRC

James Marshall
October 7, 2019

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Sivan became world famous following his efforts to get Chandrayaan 2 to the moon.

ISRO launched its second lunar mission on July 22, 2019 and on 7th September, ISRO lost its contact with the Vikaram Lander.

"We don't really know what happened then and how it (Vikram) hit the moon's surface and where", Devereaux said and red flagged the mission's scale, time and space, which are as good as gone once it falters. The ISRO said the payload on the Orbiter in its first few days, could detect charged particles and their intensity variations during its first passage through the long tail (geotail) of Earth's magnetosphere.

Approximately, once every 29 days, Moon traverses the geotail for about 6 days centered around full moon. The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which has eight payloads locally available, is meant to be in the moon's circle for a year, which is available to expansion. After an initial hiccup, it crossed all hurdles seamlessly.

JPL is a research facility which is part of the USA space agency National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), housed in California Institute of Technology (Caltech) carrying out roboticA space and earth science missions. The LRO is able to take high-resolution images of the surface of the moon from orbit, and has previously spotted the crash site of the Israeli lander Beresheet and seen China's Chang-e 4 lander exploring the far side of the moon.

If you fancy searching for the lander yourself you can go to the LROC website, where there is an interactive map of the moon centered on the co-ordinates at which Vikram was supposed to land.

Former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger told the Indian news agency, PTI that the lessons learned from India's "bold attempt" to soft-land Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module on the lunar surface would help the country during its follow up missions'. India was trying to do something very, very hard.

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