NASA found a missing eight years ago spacecraftUncategorized March 10, 2017
KIEV. March 10. UNN. Space Agency NASA identified the whereabouts of the Indian spacecraft “Chandrayaan-1”, which was launched in October 2008, but radio contact was lost with him in August of 2009, reports UNN citing CNN.
Almost ten years NASA has tracked down two unmanned spacecraft orbiting the moon, including the Indian “Chandrayaan-1”.
The researchers used a new ground-penetrating radar to determine the location of the spacecraft on the orbit of the moon – one active and one inactive, according to NASA.
The first Lunar orbital scout, is a NASA space probe for the exploration of the moon, it was easier to find. “Chandrayaan-1” – more difficult as the last contact with the spacecraft was in August 2009.
Spacecraft “Chandrayaan-1” is small – about two times smaller than a car, which makes its discovery even more remarkable.
While the interplanetary radar was used to see a small asteroid several million miles from Earth, the researchers were not sure that it can detect even smaller object located as far away as the Moon.
Such objects are especially difficult to find because the Moon filled areas with a high gravitational attraction that can radically change the orbit of the spacecraft.
New technology is critical for future missions to the moon.