The sun is setting on India
First attempt of the moon landing. As night fell, the moon set up the South Pole
September 20, science hopes that the solar-powered Vikram-Lander will make contact
The earth was destroyed before the end of a lunar day.
Civil servants in Indian space
According to reports, the ISRO agency believes that the Vikram lander was killed in the collision with the island
Moon surface on the 6th of September. The probe lost contact
just before touchdown near the south pole of the moon ( SN:
9/6/19 ), after the times of
Nevertheless, there was hope
Vikram or his rover on board would recover and restore contact. ISRO issued
Two weeks – that's a lunar day – try to communicate with Vikram.
The lander and its rover Pragyan were designed for a lifetime of one lunar day
The lack of sunlight and cold temperatures turned her off.
ISRO said that his
Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter took pictures
on September 10, showing the lander lying flat or tilted on the side. Those
However, pictures were not published publicly.
The moonlighting of NASA
The orbiter also flew over the landing site on 17 September
was near dusk; Large shadows covered much of the area, "the space agency said
an email. "The exact location of the lander was unknown, therefore, the lander may
not in the field of view of the camera. NASA said it would search again in October
14, when the sun is higher in the moon sky.
After the sun has completely set on the landing site of Vikram, the temperatures there sink for another two weeks to about -180 ° Celsius. It is not expected that the solar-powered lander's electronics will survive the cold night.
ISRO has yet to make an official statement.
But the Times of India reported about it
September 20, that the team that analyzes the mission's failure believes that this is the case
caused by a bug in the spacecraft's automatic landing program. The newspaper
quoted a nameless scientist who claimed that the lander may have started to turn
on the way to the lunar surface, so that engines should slow down the descent
it accelerated instead.