India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon Probe Just Beamed Back Its 1st Lunar Science

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India’s second-ever lunar orbiter arrived at the moon just over a month ago, and the probe’s instruments have already begun sending home science data.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission launched in July and was designed to tackle a host of questions about the moon, with a particularly sharp eye to the water ice the spacecraft’s predecessor spotted at the south pole. The current orbiter carries eight different instruments ‘ and Indian scientists are already poring over some of the mission’s very first science data.

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Chandrayaan-2: India Moon probe made ‘hard landing’, says Nasa

New pictures from a Nasa spacecraft show the targeted landing site of the Vikram rover, but its precise location “has yet to be determined”.

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Chandrayaan-2 was due to touch down at the lunar South Pole on 7 September, over a month after it first took off.

It approached the Moon as normal until an error occurred about 2.1km (1.3 miles) from the surface, Indian space officials said.

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“It was dusk when the landing area was imaged and thus large shadows covered much of the terrain; it is possible that the Vikram lander is hiding in a shadow. Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters Moon's orbit, just days ... s-orbit-just-days...BENGALURU: In a major milestone for India's Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has entered Moon's orbit early on Tuesday (August 20). "Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019) at 0902 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds. The lighting will be favorable when LRO passes over the site in October and once again attempts to locate and image the lander.”

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NASA lunar probe will help search for India’s lost moon lander

Images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter should shed some light on the fate of the silent spacecraft.

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It’s suspected Vikram impacted the lunar surface and is non-operational but hasn’t broken apart. India's Moon probe enters lunar orbit - 2, or Moon Chariot 2, lifted off from India's spaceport at Sriharikota in southern Andhra Pradesh state on July 22. The spacecraft used in the mission comprises an orbiter, a lander and... According to ISRO, Vikram has been spotted on the surface of the moon by India’s Chandrayaan 2 orbiter, which is now circling the moon. However, the agency has not released any images of the site.’

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