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India's Chandrayaan-1 which went silent in 2009 still orbiting Moon, locates NASA

NASA Has Located 2 Unmanned Spacecraft Orbiting The Moon, Including India's Chandrayaan-1, Which Went Missing In 2009.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Prakhar Sharma | Updated on: 10 Mar 2017, 02:07:38 PM
Chandrayaan-1 (file photo)

New Delhi:

NASA has located 2 unmanned spacecraft orbiting the moon, including India's Chandrayaan-1, which went missing in 2009.

Scientists used a new ground radar to locate one active and one dormant spacecraft orbiting the moon.

Marina Brozovic, a radar scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena said, "We have been able to detect NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter [LRO] and the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in lunar orbit with ground-based radar"

Locating Chandrayaan-1 was more of a challenge because the last contact with the spacecraft was in August 2009. Chandrayaan-1 is small -- about half the size of a smart car which makes its detection even more noteworthy. 

Chandrayaan-1  was launched in October 2008 but radio contact with it was lost in August 2009.

The Chandrayaan-1 mission performed high-resolution remote sensing of the moon in visible, near infrared, low energy X-rays and high-energy X-ray regions. 

One of the objectives was to prepare a three-dimensional atlas (with high spatial and altitude resolution) of both near and far side of the moon.

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First Published : 10 Mar 2017, 12:59:00 PM

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