NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
Credit: NASA/Goddard Science Visualization Studio (SVS)

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has once again imaged the area where India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Moon lander failed to successfully touch down.

LRO  imaged the targeted landing site on October 14 but did not observe any evidence of the lander. 

Pre-launch photo shows India’s Pragyan rover mounted on the ramp projecting from out of the sides of Vikram lunar lander.
Credit: ISRO

Change detection technique

The LRO camera team carefully examined the images and employed the change detection technique (using a ratio of an image from prior to the landing attempt to the one acquired on October 14).

That technique is used for finding new meteorite impacts on the Moon that also helped locate Israel’s Beresheet failed lunar lander earlier this year. 

“It is possible that Vikram is located in a shadow or outside of the search area.  Because of the low latitude, approximately 70 degrees south, the area is never completely free of shadows,” explains a NASA statement.

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