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Vikram Lander Located Tilted But Intact, Reduced Chances Of Communication

BP World Bureau | Sep 09 2019 03:06:43 PM
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ISRO has informed that it has located the Vikram Lander on the surface of the Moon in a titled position, making the chances of re-establishing the connection with the lander less. 

The space agency confirmed that the lander is in one piece. 

The tilted position has reduced the chances of re-establishing communication with the lander. The antennas have to be pointed towards the ground station or the orbiter to communicate with the lander.

The lander was carrying Radio Anatomy of Moon Bound Hypersensitive Ionosphere and Atmosphere (RAMBHA), Chandra’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment (ChaSTE) and Instrument for Lunar Seismic Activity (ILSA).

Indian Space Research Organisation chief K Sivan had announced yesterday that the lunar orbiter has taken a thermal image of the Vikram lander. The orbiter is going around the moon at an altitude of 100km. The space agency lost communication with the lander two minutes after it was to soft-land on the moon.

An ISRO official, on Monday, confirmed that the thermal image showed that the Vikram lander had a hard landing close to the original location planned for the touchdown. The official announced that the lander is there as a single piece, not broken into pieces.

However, the Vikram lander and the rover - Pragyan cannot transmit scientific data without establishing communication. The Indian space agency had described Chandrayaan-2 as a highly complex mission, and it represented a 'significant technological leap'.

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The space agency is in constant efforts to establish communication with the lander.