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As the deadline to re-establish communication with Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander nears, NASA’s moon orbiter has captured images of the lunar region where the Indian mission made an unsuccessful attempt to soft-land, a senior official with the U.S. space agency confirmed on September 19.NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has snapped a series of images during its flyby on September 17 of Vikram’s attempted landing site near the moon’s uncharted south pole.”The LRO images are still being processed,” Grey Hautaluoma, Senior Communications Team Lead at NASA, told PTI in an email.Almost two weeks after it lost signal contact with its moon lander Vikram, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has formally put out a six-line statement to imply a closure of sorts on the lander and that it was moving on. The probability of establishing contact with the lander has a deadline of September 21 because after that the moon region will enter into a lunar night. LRO deputy project scientist John Keller shared a statement confirming that the LRO camera captured the images, according to a report in cnet.com. “The LROC team will analyse these new images and compare them to previous images to see if the lander is visible (it may be in shadow or outside the imaged area),” Mr. Keller was quoted as saying in the statement. NASA is validating, analysing and reviewing the images. It was near lunar dusk when the orbiter passed over, meaning large parts of the area were in shadow, the report said. According to the Indian Space Research Organzation (ISRO), the lander Vikram and rover Pragyan were supposed to be functional only for 14 days from the day of their touchdown. The electronics would not work and would get permanently damaged.

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