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

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

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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.