NASA has found no evidence of Vikram landing in Chandrayan 2, in images captured during the last flight of its lunar orbit to the lunar region where India's ambitious mission attempted to land, the US Space Agency reported.
On September 7, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) attempted a soft landing of Vikram on the unexplored lunar south pole before losing communication with the lander.
"The lunar reconnaissance officer depicted the area at Vikram's Chandrayan-2 landing site on October 14, but did not observe any evidence of the lander," Noah Edward Petro, a project scientist for the LRO mission, told PTI in exclusive email interaction.
Petro said the camera team carefully examined the images and used the change detection technique ̵
This approach, according to it is used for finding new meteoric effects on the moon also helped find Beresheet's recent land.
"It is possible for Vikram to be in the shade or outside the search area. Due to the low latitude, approximately 70 degrees south, the area is never it's not completely free of shadows, "says John Keller, LRO's Deputy Mission Scientist.
During its previous flight, the LRO passed over the September 17 landing site and acquired a high-resolution image set ability of the area.
The LRO team was not even able to find or make the image on the ground.
Vikram tried to land on small patches of lunar highland plains between Simpelius Craters N and Manzinus C before losing communication with ISRO.