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NASA will spy on India's crashed lunar lander next week

Late last week, India's ISRO Space Agency experienced a complete heart failure as its Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander went quiet moments before its expected touchdown. The spaceship hurled into the moon rather than landing softly, and no one really knows if it is still alive or what kind of shape it is in.

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To help his space-loving friends in India, NASA will do its best to detect the landing site (or crash) of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter next week. As Spaceflight Now reports, the US Space Agency will use LRO's powerful camera to scan Chandrayaan-2's landing site on Tuesday.

India's mission to the moon was multifaceted with an orbiter, lander and rover all making the trip together. The lander and rover are believed to have been destroyed at this time, but the orbits were undamaged, according to ISRO, the orbits discovered the downed lander itself, but have not published these pictures. All images collected by NASA's LRO will be different.

"According to NASA policy, all LRO data is publicly available," Noah Petro of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center told Spaceflight Now . "NASA will share slightly before and after flyover images of the area around the targeted Chandrayaan 2 Vikram landing site to support the analysis of the Indian Space Research Organization."

It's good for space fans, but it doesn't really stand out from the unfortunate crash for India's space group. The country was prepared to become the fourth nation on the planet to make a soft landing on the moon (with the United States, the Soviet Union and China before it), and things looked very good until that spaceship went silent. [19659008] The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) second moon mission "Chandrayaan-2" is expected to explore the southern polar region of the Moon, making the country the first to do so. The spaceship, Vikram lands, is expected to descend on the lunar pole. It is the rover, Pragyan, will collect samples to help scientists better understand the origin and evolution of the moon and will make India the fourth nation after the United States, Russia and China to land a spaceship on the moon.

Here is a look at the mission trip:

A TV clip shows that ISRO scientists reacted after the communication and data were lost from the folding frame lander at the ISRO ground station on September 7.

A TV clip shows the graph of Vikram Lander losing his way (in red) after communication and data were lost from the vikram lander at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Telementry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) Command Center in Bangalore, India, September 5.

A video about Chandrayaan 2 India's lunar mission is projected on the LED wall of the Media Center at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Command Center (ISTRAC) Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore, India, on September 6.

A radar scans the sky with the moon in the background at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), September 6 in Bangalore.

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Reports from India suggested that the lander may still be in one piece and may even function ional, but officials have failed to make contact with it and currently see it not good looking.

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