Nasa Moon orbiter will take photos of Vikram next week to help in Chandrayaan-2 mission

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the US will be joining efforts to locate and communicate with Vikram, the ill-fated Chandrayaan-2 lander that went silent during its descent on to the Moon last weekend. Nasa has a lunar orbiter currently revolving the Moon and the space agency will use it to try taking images of Vikram’s landing site.

Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is scheduled to pass over the part of the Moon where Vikram is on September 17. The orbiter will take images of the area and will share them with the Indian Space Research Organisation for analysis.

Nasa will share any before and after flyover imagery of the area around the targeted Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Lander landing site to support analysis by the Indian Space Research Organization.

Meanwhile, there have been reports in Indian media that Nasa is already helping Isro in trying to contact Vikram. The space agency has reportedly activated its deep space network to try and get in touch with Vikram.

Nasa has used its deep space network to beam a radio frequency towards Vikram.

 

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