Thursday, 09 April, 2020

India locates missing Moon lander, no communication yet

Indian Space Research Organisation on Tuesday said all possible efforts are being made to establish communication with Lander Vikram India locates missing Moon lander, no communication yet
Sandy Nunez | 10 September, 2019, 17:30

As people across the world are hailing the ISRO chief and scientists for Chandrayaan-2 mission, some social media users have created fake Twitter and Instagram accounts in the name of ISRO and Sivan, after the space agency lost connection with the lander Vikram on September 7.

Earlier, an ISRO official claimed that 'Vikram' was lying on the lunar surface as a single piece, unbroken and it was in a tilted position following a hard landing.

"#VikramLander has been located by the orbiter of #Chandrayaan2, but no communication with it yet", the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) tweeted. "We have found the location of Vikram Lander on lunar surface and orbiter has clicked a thermal image of Lander".

"After communication with the lander was lost, we chose to offer special prayers seeking Moon God's intervention to regain contact with the lander and it was held on Monday", V Kannan, temple manager told PTI.

Devotees took part in the prayers so that contact could be established with the lander and the orbiter. "It will be communicated soon", Sivan had said on Sunday.

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According to the ISRO, the orbiter will continue to circle the Moon for nearly seven years, providing "high resolution images which will be immensely useful to the global scientific community". Also, India would have been the first country to reach close to the lunar South Pole.

The space agency has 11 more days to keep trying. The Vikram Lander followed the planned descent trajectory from its orbit of 35 km to just below 2 km above the surface.

Chandrayaan-2, India's second moon mission spacecraft, lifted off successfully onboard the "Bahubali" rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on July 22. Pictures of the lander was captured by Chandrayaan-2 orbiter which is orbiting the Moon.

"The Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission is indeed a giant leap for South Asia which not only makes the region but the entire global space industry proud".