Moon Lander Vikram Located by Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter

Moon Lander Vikram Located by Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter

Orbiter responds to NASA’s signals, Vikram still elusive

ISRO is trying to establish link with Vikram with its Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) at Byalalu near Bengaluru. The life of mission for the "Vikram" lander and the "Pragyan" rover, which is located inside the lander, is 1 lunar day which is equivalent to 14 days here on Earth.

ISRO had on August 21 performed second lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 and said all spacecraft parameters are normal. He was received by ISRO Chairman K Sivan, former ISRO Chairman K Kasturirangan and other scientists also welcomed him.

It has been almost a week since scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lander "Vikram" - leading to an incomplete second lunar mission.

In a statement to digital science magazine Scientia, Salim said: "I congratulate India and ISRO on its historic attempt to make a successful soft landing of the Vikram Lander at the South Pole of the Moon". The Lander, on the opposite hand, did no longer do a steady touchdown and subsequently the scientists misplaced contact with it. 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. "And then, we have very high-resolution cameras and large spectral range", he added. NASA's orbiter is scheduled to pass over the region on September 17. Communication can only be established if Vikram's antenna is pointing in the right direction, but no information of the lander's orientation, condition, or even its exact location is known yet.

Sivan has said that the around $140 million Chandrayaan-2 mission was the nation's most prestigious to date, in part because of the technical complexities of landing on the lunar surface - an event he described as "15 terrifying minutes".

Chandrayaan will continue circling the moon in a tighter orbit until reaching a distance of about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the moon's surface. As per an ISRO official, the lander is now in a tilted position.

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