Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram made ‘hard landing’ within 500 metres of target site

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21st November, 2019 10:45:01 printer

Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram made ‘hard landing’ within 500 metres of target site

 

The Vikram lander of India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2 made a “hard landing” on the lunar surface on September 7, the Union government said in Parliament on Wednesday, confirming speculation about its fate and findings by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), reports Hindustan Times.

The lander on board the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) spacecraft “hard landed within 500m of the designated landing site” minister of state for space Jitendra Singh said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

The reply said the total cost of the project was Rs 970 crore; the satellites cost Rs 603 crore and the launch vehicle Rs 367 crore.

A successful mission would have made India the fourth country to have landed on the lunar surface after the US, the erstwhile USSR, and China. It would have also made India the first country to have landed close to the South Pole of the moon.

 


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