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Lunar Lander Breakdowns Present A Caution To NASA’s Commercial Missions

The recent failure of an Indian spaceship to land on the Moon is providing an example to NASA and its commercial associates of the challenges of not only the operations themselves but sharing information on issued they experience. The ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) lost communication with the Vikram lander—which is a part of Chandrayaan-2 mission—in the final phases of its dive on the lunar surface. The last signals were received when the spaceship was at an altitude of 2.1 Kilometers. The Indian space agency has disclosed few details regarding the efforts to trace and restore contact with the lander.

In a September 10 statement, ISRO reported that the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter clicked an image of the lander. An ISRO spokesperson stated that it will provide updates on its social media handles and official website. NASA’s LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) is slated to observe the landing location on September 17, though it was not clear how long it will take for mission’s scientists to receive, examine, and publish any images. If Vikram lander is crashed during landing, it will be the second spaceship in this year to be unsuccessful for touching down the Moon in the unbroken state. Israel Aerospace Industries constructed Beresheet lander for SpaceIL, suffered a breakdown during a landing effort during April, causing the spaceship to crash to the surface. Those failures are occurring as NASA is functioning with nine firms in the CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services) plan on robotic lunar landers that could carry NASA’s research payloads to the Moon.

Recently, NASA was in news as its lunar orbiter might image landing site of Chandrayaan-2. LRO’s high-resolution camera has clicked aerial pictures of the Apollo landing locations with sufficient clarity to resolve the astronauts’ trails left on the Moon over 40 Years ago. Previously in this year, NASA orbiter’s camera has clicked China’s Chang’e 4 and Chang’e 3 landers on the Moon and traced the crash location of the Israeli Beresheet spaceship.

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