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Chandrayaan 2: Has ISRO Released The Latest Image of Vikram Lander?

Chandrayaan 2: Has ISRO Released The Latest Image of Vikram Lander?

The image shows the landing site of the Apollo16 from its mission to map the moon.

Not vikram lander image

An image from the landing site of the Apollo 16 on the moon is being shared with a false claim that it is the latest photo of the Vikram lander as released by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

ISRO had lost contact with the Chandrayaan 2 space mission’s ‘Vikram’ lander which attempted a soft-landing on the moon on September 7. 

BOOM received the image on its WhatsApp helpline number (7700906111) inquiring about its veracity.

Vikram lander
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FACT-CHECK

We ran a Google reverse image search and found that the viral image was not of Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander but an image of Apollo 16 landing site on the moon.

Apolo 16
Apollo 16 landing site, image marked in red

The search results showed that the image was picked up from an article on the official US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) website.

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The article titled, “10 Years Ago: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Begins Mission to Map the Moon”, was published on June 18, 2019.

The caption mentions that the image is of ‘Apollo 16 landing site’, and according to the article, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) which is managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center had taken the photograph.

Space journalist, Jonathan O’Callaghan had pointed out that the viral image being shared is not a picture of Vikram lander.

While the above image is not of the Vikram lander, ISRO chief K Sivan had told The Times Of India on September 8, 2019, that, “We’ve got the image of Vikram on the lunar surface from our orbiter. We are analysing the data.”

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Claim Review : Latest Image of Vikram Lander Released By ISRO

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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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