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An update on India's lunar lander...

8 Sep 2019, 21:39 UTC
An update on India's lunar lander...
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On Saturday India's Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission - consisting of an orbiter and a lander named Vikram, - attempted to land on the Lunar surface near the south pole. It's mission is/was to help learn about the amount and types of ices frozen into the soil … but, despite everything about the lander's descent looking good for most of the way down, contact with Vikram failed about 2km above the lunar surface.The assumption has been that the lander is lost, smashed on the lunar surface.However, the rumour mill has been grinding overtime today: The tale is that ISRO, the Indian space agency, has located Vikram intact - or at least something like intact - on the lunar surface. The lander does have a certain amount of autonomy, in that it can carry out pre-programmed commands without direct instruction from Earth. It's possible it could have continued to struggle for a landing after (for whatever reason) it lost contact with Earth, and partly or even wholly succeeded. Some claims of the lander being located seem to have been thoroughly debunked, but a more robust claim (and another here) has come from a reputable Indian news agencies: The lander has been located ...

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