In the wee hours of Saturday morning ISRO lost connection with Chandrayaan lander Vikram when it was just 2.1 kilometers away from touching the surface of the moon. The joyous moment that was expected in a few minutes was replaced with despair.
On Sunday morning, when Vikram was located by Chandrayaan 2’s on-board cameras a ray of hope could be seen. The orbiter with help of a payload attained a thermal image of the lander. The image of the lander rover ‘Pragyan’ housed inside it was captured by on-board camera and it is healthy, safe and functioning normally in the intended orbit around the Moon.
As stated by ISRO chief, lander Vikram must have hard-landed on the moon.
So far no communication has been made with the lander. ISRO now is on a 14- day mission to re-establish connection with the lander.
The Bengaluru space agency earlier stated that the Orbiter camera is the highest resolution camera (0.3m) in any lunar mission so far and shall provide high resolution images which will be immensely useful to the global scientific community.
The scientists have been trying to establish contact with the lander and Orbiter will play a major role in doing that.
A senior ISRO official further said that as time goes by it will get difficult to establish link with lander Vikram.
However with proper orientation lander can still generate power and recharge itself with solar panels though the chances of getting a link are still less.
It has been stated by another top ISRO official that lander Vikram was designed for soft landing on the moon to function for one lunar day but ‘hard-landing’ of the land module has made it even more difficult to find a connection link.
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