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India Moon probe made ‘hard landing’, says Nasa

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 27, 2019 13:20

India Moon probe made ‘hard landing’, says Nasa

India’s Moon rover, which lost contact moments before it was to touch down on the lunar surface earlier this month, had a “hard landing”.New pictures from a Nasa spacecraft show the targeted landing site of the Vikram rover, but its precise location “has yet to be determined”.

The images were taken at dusk, and were not able to locate the lander.India would have been the fourth nation to make a soft landing on the Moon.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 from the surface. On Friday, Nasa tweeted the images of the targeted landing site of the Indian module.Nasa said the targeted site was located about 600km from the South Pole in a “relatively ancient terrain”.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 27, 2019 13:20