NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft who was capturing images during the latest flyby found no evidence of Chandrayaan-2 lander. The U.S. space agency now suspects if the lander was hidden in shadows of the moon or if is now outside of the search area.
The Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram attempted a soft landing on September 7 in a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between two craters. However, the it had a hard landing and the precise location of the spacecraft in the lunar highlands has yet to be determined.
After a hard landing it lost contact with the ground station. Attempts to re-establish contact with the lander failed within the brief 14 days window period.
The US space agency had also released pictures of the targeted landing site, labeling the craters.