Chandrayaan 2: NASA helping ISRO establish communication with Vikram lander

Chandrayaan 2: NASA helping ISRO establish communication with Vikram lander

Chandrayaan 2: NASA helping ISRO establish communication with Vikram lander

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday said all possible efforts are being made to establish communication with Lander Vikram. The news was broken by an official last Sunday.

The Vikram lander was unable to perform a smooth landing on the Moon's surface and had to instead do a hard landing on the surface. "We'll hopefully be getting some images of where that lander laid to rest". Even though the loss of contact with the lander was disheartening for ISRO and for the entire nation, the team is not at all leaving the mission behind. The space agency has also been able to take thermal images of the lander on the lunar surface as per reports that quote ISRO chairman K. Sivan.

Chandrayaan-2 was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22. If it had touched down successfully, closer to the moon's south pole than any previous mission, the 1477-kilogram Vikram lander would have released a small solar-powered rover, which would have collected data for 14 Earth-days, before the dark and cold of lunar night set in.

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Despite that, there still exists the possibility that by using the right orientation, the Vikram lander might be able to generate power and recharge its batteries using solar panels.

Lander Vikram's three payloads - RAMBHA, ChaSTE and ILSA - were scheduled to carry on a series of experiments including determining seismic activity, monitor temperature, measuring temporal evolution of lunar plasma density and more. There is also the probability that the impact shock may have damaged the lander.

The moon landing by ISRO would have made India the fourth nation in the entire world to attempt and succeed in a lunar landing. "We are working in a global village of space countries right now, so this a great contribution to learning how to approach such missions in future", Salim said.

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