India Finds Lost Lunar Lander

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India Locates Lost Lunar Lander but Struggles to Reestablish Contact

by Meilan Solly Smithsonian.com

A thermal image captured by India’s Chandrayaan-2 lunar orbiter has revealed the location of a lunar lander that went offline minutes before its expected touchdown, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) chairman K. Sivan said Sunday.

As the agency director explained to Asian News International, the orbiter’s cameras spotted Vikram—a robotic lander that lost contact with ISRO’s Bengaluru ground station as it was descending to the moon around 2 a.m. Saturday local time—on a yet-to-be identified section of the moon’s surface. Although attempts to establish contact with the lander and assess damage are currently under way, an anonymous senior official with the mission tells Press Trust of India (PTI) the likelihood of reestablishing a connection will become “less and less probable” as time passes. According to Sivan, the ISRO will continue to make communication attempts for 14 days.

If Vikram had made a soft landing as planned, India would have become the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon’s surface and the third to launch a robotic lunar rover. (Previously, the United States, the former Soviet Union and China have all successfully landed spacecraft on the lunar surface.) The mission would have been the first lunar landing in the south pole region of the moon.

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  1. ……not according to the Chinese, the Americans never successfully land jackshit on the moon—-the back story is thusly…..the Chinese flew the ChangE 2 lunar orbiter mission in 2009 with a high resolution digital camera on board and took some 60,000 photographs, or thereabouts. In 2014, after becoming fed up with our fake, transgender, Satanist president barry soetoro, they sent an open letter to the press and NASA signed by 200 Chinese scientists involved with their space program and 12 Russian signatures of ex KGB agents and engineers, stating that their lunar orbiter mission DID NOT FIND THE SIX APOLLO LANDERS OR THE FIVE SURVEYORS LANDERS on the moon!!!!!Nothing in fact!!!!! Also I should point out it seems all the American Mars landers were also faked, in that many of the landscapes have been found on Devon Island, Greenland, Spitzbergen, Southern Utah, and Antarctica……along with 4 Martians, a lemming, an iguana, a snake, and the shadow of a dude with spiked air cleaning one of the rovers!!!!gh