NASA Says India’s Moon Rover, Chandrayaan-2, Crash Landed

NASA’s Spacecraft Could Not Locate the Rover at Targeted Landing Site


NASA has said India’s moon rover may have crashed as it landed on the moon earlier this month. The report comes weeks after the moon rover, Chandrayaan-2, lost contact as it touched down on the moon’s surface.

Chandrayaan-2 was set to land at the lunar South Pole on September 7, about a month after it took off.

In a tweet released on Friday, NASA provided images of the targeted landing site of Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram. The lander could not be located at the site.

The rover reportedly approached the moon without a hitch but an error occurred about 2.1 km from the moon surface, causing it to make a hard landing.

This was India’s second space mission after the first mission, Chandrayaan-1, back in 2008.