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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Chandrayaan-2: Hopes fading as 14-day window to reestablish link with Vikram lander ends today

Chandrayaan-2: Hopes fading as 14-day window to reestablish link with Vikram lander ends today
September 21
10:10 2019

NET Bureau

 

Hopes to retrieve the Vikram lander, with rover Pragyan housed inside it, are fading as the 14-day window for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to restore its link with the lander ends on Saturday (September 21). The lander and the rover have a mission life of 14 earth days.

Lander Vikram, with rover Pragyan housed inside it, lost communication with ground-station on September 7  during its final descent, just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, minutes before the planned touch-down on the Moon.

The space agency’s efforts to re-establish the lost link with the Vikram lander had been going on since then. However, the deadline to reestablish contact with the Vikram lander ends on Saturday since it has been 14 days since the Isro lost its contact with the lander.

A day later losing contact with the lander, the space agency said the lander was spotted on the lunar surface by camera on-board of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter. Vikram lander had a hard-landing, Isro had said.

An Isro official associated with the Chandrayaan-2 mission later claimed that the lander lies on the lunar surface as a single piece, unbroken and it is in a tilted position. “The lander is there [on the lunar surface] as a single piece, not broken into pieces. It’s in a tilted position,” he said.

“Progressively, you can imagine that it becomes that much more difficult, with each passing hour, the available power on the battery gets drained out, and there won’t be anything left for it to power and operate,” an Isro official had said.

“With every passing minute, the situation becomes worse only…less and less probable (to establish contact with Vikram,” he said, adding, “the chance to reestablish the link looks more and more remote only” since its system functionality was a prerequisite to achieve that.

Source: India Today

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