NASA has Discovered Chandrayaan-1, Lost in July 2016

NASA has Discovered Chandrayaan-1, Lost in July 2016India had lost contact with “Chandrayaan-1” (its first lunar orbiter) in the late 2009. NASA has announced that the agency had detected its supposed location in the month of July 2016. The agency indicated that they implemented a method for its detection and this method will be beneficial for the future lunar missions. The Chandrayaan-1 is actually a small cubic probe (5 feet on all sides) makes it the perfect target for a radar experiment introduced by a scientist team from Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The team needs to explore whether a method implemented to observe small sized asteroids which can spot spacecraft orbiting the moon. This specific method depends on the ground-based radar due to the optical telescopes are unable to see anything against the shinning lunar glimmer.

The Chandrayaan-1 was moving in polar orbit around the planetary body before it got lost. The team of scientists sent a powerful beam of microwaves somewhere at North Pole above the natural satellite. The team used 230 feet antenna from the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex California of NASA to discover the probe. But, they made successful attempt after depending on the 330 feet Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, so they detected the bounced back radar echoes. Prior to this achievement, the scientists were fearful that they will not find anything due to the moon has a number of areas with unusual gravitational pull and the spacecraft might has crashed into it. It is important that scientists were detected 2 different objects using this method and one was matched well-known path of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbit.

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