NASA locate lost Indian spacecraft orbiting moon's north pole
Launched in October 2008 on a 2-year mission, India lost track of its first ever lunar probe, the Chandrayaan-1 after 312 days. It whereabouts remained unknown until last July when NASA scientists located it.
FORT IRWIN, CALIFORNIA — NASA has located the Chandrayaan-1, a missing Indian spacecraft, nearly 8 years after it went missing.
The lunar probe, India’s first, was launched in Oct. 2008 but went missing after 312 days.
According to a NASA news release, the space agency sent microwave beams from a 230-foot antenna at their Goldstone Observatory in Fort Irwin, California.
These microwave beams were trained on the moon and the spacecraft’s predicted orbit over the lunar north pole.
The Chandrayaan-1 passed through the beam and bounced back radar echoes that were received by the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia.
The space agency say this same tracking method may have potential use in future robot and human missions to the moon.
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