Time is running out for India's space agency to make contact with the country's Vikram lander, which made a nerve-wracking descent to the surface of the Moon earlier this month. The Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with the uncrewed probe when it was in the final stage of an audacious Moon landing attempt on Sept. 6. Communication with the lander was lost when it was just 1.3 miles from the lunar surface. Vikram was subsequently spotted on the lunar surface by the space agency's Chandrayaan-2 orbiter and technicians have since been working to establish a connection with it. However, they are in a race against time to contact the lander, which contains the six-wheeled Pragyan rover.
India is one step closer to conquering the moon and becoming only the fourth nation to successfully put a working machine on our natural satellite. Its mission, Chandrayan-2, has today successfully released its rover, Vikram, from the orbiter and sent it towards the moon's surface. The crucial step took just 52 seconds and comes after Chandrayaan-2 entered lunar orbit two weeks ago and completed five trips around the moon. Vikram is expected to touch down on September 7, according to The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Chandrayan-2 (pictured) has successfully released its rover, Vikram, from the orbiter and sent it towards our natural satellite.
India has announced that its Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon will launch between July 9-16 this year, after earlier plans for an April lift-off were scrapped. The mission will make the nation the fourth country to accomplish the feat after China, the US and Russia. Israel made an attempt earlier this year but failed. It will be India's first mission to the moon's surface and will aim to land near its south pole, a currently unexplored territory. India's space agency is launching its first mission to the moon's south pole in July after a three month delay to its earlier schedule.
Fox News Flash top headlines for Sept. 9 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com Scientists in India are attempting to make contact with the Vikram probe after its nerve-wracking descent to the surface of the moon last week. The Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with the uncrewed probe when it was in the final stage of an audacious moon-landing attempt Friday. However, K Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, confirmed Sunday that the lander had been spotted.
Fox News Flash top headlines for Dec. 3 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com An eagle-eyed amateur sleuth has helped NASA locate the debris of India's Vikram lander, which crashed into the Moon in September. In a statement, NASA explained that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured footage of the crash site on Sept. 17, which was released on Sept. 27. It was then downloaded by a number of people searching for signs of the ill-fated lander.