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Chandrayaan 1 Director On Why Vikram Lander Is Not Getting Signals

BP World Bureau | Sep 09 2019 01:12:03 PM
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BENGALURU: The director of Chandrayaan 1 Mylswamy Annadurai opined that the obstacles on the moon's surface might be interfering signals to and from Vikram lander. 

Chandrayaan 1 was India's first mission to the moon and was successful. The mission had discovered a different type of rock formation and water droplets on the moon. 

S Sivan, chief of Indian Space Research Organization had announced the thermal image of Vikram lander was picked by the orbiter on the surface of the moon, and it possibly underwent a rough landing.  

Read: Chandrayaan 2 Lander Located On The Moon: ISRO  

Annadurai said that the lander has been located, and the place where it has landed is expected to be conducive enough for it to soft-land, and there could be obstacles. 

ISRO had lost contact with the Vikram lander two minutes before its landing on the lunar surface. The orbiter has the communication channel that can be used to establish communication with the lander.  The lander was 2.1 kilometres away from the moon's surface. 

Director added that the eventuality is based on whether the lander is getting signals or not. They can try to communicate in one way which is a tricky situation, but the scientists can handle it. 

They have to establish contact with the lander within 14 days before it dies down. 

Chandrayaan-2 space mission was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh on July 22.

The scientists assured that almost 95% of the mission has been successful. The space mission was relatively on a low budget when compared to missions by NASA and ESA.

Read: How India's Moon Mission Is Different From The Rest? 

Chandrayaan 2 wanted to explore the south pole of the moon, a portion that was never explored before. Currently, the lander is 70° south of the lunar equator and about 600 km from the lunar south pole that was chosen to land on. 

It would have made India the fourth country to land on the moon after US, Russia and China.