Rockford Scanner™: Found! NASA Spots Crash Site and Debris from India’s Lost Moon Lander

Found! NASA Spots Crash Site and Debris from India’s Lost Moon Lander


Scientists and amateurs alike have spent months combing through images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter looking for the remains of India’s moon lander — and that search has paid off.

Today (Dec. 2), the team that runs the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) instrument released images taken on Nov. 11 that show how the spacecraft has changed the surface of the moon. Imaging experts have spotted extensive evidence of the crash, including both debris from the craft and places where the collision seems to have stirred up the moon’s regolith.

India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon included a lander called Vikram, which was meant to gently land on the lunar surface near the south pole on Sept. 6. But near the end of the touchdown maneuver, Vikram went silent. India’s space agency said it spotted the lander soon after, via the orbiter component of the mission, but the agency has not released those images, and NASA’s long-standing Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter hadn’t had the same luck.

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