India has located the Chandrayaan-2 probe and is trying to make contact!
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has found the location of the Chandrayaan-2 unmanned probe landing module.
Scientists lost contact with the spacecraft on Friday as it descended to the moon’s surface. Now they need to determine what condition the machine is in.
ISRO President K. Sivan told India Today TV that Chandrayaan 2 sent a thermal image of the location of the lunar orbiter Vikram – the part that made up the spacecraft and was set to spend a year on the natural satellite collecting data.
The spacecraft also has a six-wheeled rover called Pragyan, designed to spend two weeks on the moon’s surface performing experiments.
This is the first Indian mission to attempt to reach the moon successfully.
ISRO staff lost contact with the spacecraft on Friday, and so far there is no information as to whether the signals have disappeared due to a landing module problem or colliding. With the lunar surface.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a speech on Saturday morning (7), indicated that the mission had failed. “We have come very close, but we need to cover more ground. Our resolve to touch the moon has become even stronger,” he said.
Chandrayaan-2 should have landed around 5:20 pm EDT on Friday (6). At this time, however, in the ISRO control room, communication with the probe was interrupted.
According to the monitoring panel, it was only 2.1 kilometers from the lunar surface.
At the cost of about $ 141 million, Chandrayaan-2, whose Sanskrit name means “lunar ship,” has an ambitious goal: to get close to the south pole of the moon, to a place never explored in other missions.
The point chosen for the landing was a plateau situated between two craters dubbed Manzinus C and Simpelius N. Thinking of land measurements, the site is 70.9 degrees south latitude and 22.7 degrees east longitude, i.e., the about 600 kilometers from the south pole.
With the mission, ISRO intends to map the lunar surface to study variations in its composition – essential for a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon. Previously, with the Chandrayaan-1 mission launched in 2008, India helped to confirm the presence of water on the moon but did so without landing on the lunar surface.