India's lunar lander is still lost despite NASA's best efforts to find it.
On Sept. 6, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)as part of its Chandrayaan-2 mission. ISRO lost communication with the machine shortly before it was supposed to touch down. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) scanned the expected landing site in mid-September, but in the shadowy images.
LRO got another chance on Oct. 14 when it flew over the target site again, but with better lighting conditions. Still no dice.
The LRO camera team combed through the new images and compared them with what the area looked like before the landing. That's how NASA spots new impact craters and how it, which unsuccessfully tried for a landing in April.
So where did Vikram end up? "It is possible that Vikram is located in a shadow or outside of the search area. Because of the low latitude, approximately 70 degrees south, the area is never completely free of shadows," NASA said in a statement on Wednesday.
The fate of Vikram may be uncertain, but the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is already deep into its scientific mission. ISRO tweeted a look at an orbiter image showing some moon craters in detail.
The, but the mission perseveres.