After many weeks of research, NASA’s announcement finally arrived: technicians and engineers managed to find the precise location of the impact of the Vikram lunar lander, launched by the Indian space agency, whose contacts were lost during the landing phase.
Thanks to the images of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s chamber, the technicians showed that the remains of the lander are about 400 miles away from the Moon’s south pole, a point in the photo that can be noticed especially for the slick debris scattered by the impact itself, debris a bit lighter than the color of the surrounding soil.
The Vikram lander was part of the Chandrayaan-2 mission through which the Indian space agency intended to send a rover, contained within the same lander, on the surface of the Moon in addition to an orbiter.
Contact with the lander was completely lost on September 7. Only after two and a half months, the same Indian agency admitted the failure of the mission and the crash of the lander on the surface of the moon, only a week before the photos released by NASA that clearly show the point of impact.
If the moon landing had been successful, India would have been the fourth country, after the United States, the USSR and China, to have managed to land an object on the Moon. As NASA itself says, it is still a “surprising result” because getting so close to the surface of the Moon is already very difficult.