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Indian Moon Mission: NASA publishes picture of wreckage on the moon


India wanted to land on the moon as the fourth country - but the module "Vikram" crashed. A recording of Nasa should now show the crash site.

Three months is the failure of the Indian moon mission. Now the US space agency Nasa has found the remains of the landing module "Vikram" on the Earth satellite. The lander of the "Chandrayaan 2" mission is therefore smashed on the lunar surface. On Monday (local time) released photos of Nasa to show the distribution of debris over several kilometers.

The Indian space agency Isro had lost the connection to the landing module only minutes before the planned landing in early September, after which his fate initially remained uncertain.

The lander was part of the unmanned, 142 million dollar (about 128 million euros) expensive "Chandrayaan-2" mission. "Chandrayaan" in Sanskrit means "moon vehicle". The aim had been to map the surface of the South Pole region, to analyze the soil and to seek water. This could become interesting as a raw material in the future, because with its help fuel could be won for further rocket flights, which lead further into space.

Israel also had no luck landing

The lunar landing mission is considered a prestigious project. India would have been the fourth country to have managed a controlled landing on Earth's satellite - after the US, the Soviet Union and China. This did not happen after the abrupt end of the current mission. An Israeli probe crashed in the spring on the moon in the spring after a technical error.

For India, it was the second mission to the moon. The first lunar probe "Chandrayaan-1" was launched in 2008 and had orbited the moon without landing on it. To the current moon mission "Chandrayaan-2" belonged next to the lander "Vikram" an orbiter, which should take pictures of the lunar surface and make contact with the lander, as well as a rover.

Source: spiegel

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