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“Vikram lander is still very close to the scheduled touchdown site:” ISRO official

09-09-201909-09-2019 18:30:41 IST
2019-09-09T13:00:41.335Z09-09-2019 2019-09-09T13:00:17.123Z - - 15-09-2019

“Vikram lander is still very close to the scheduled touchdown site:” ISRO official
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Speaking about the Vikram lander (Chandrayaan-2) mishap that took place, an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official said, “The ‘Vikram’ lander lies on the lunar surface as a single piece, unbroken and it is in a tilted position following a hard landing while efforts to re-establish link with the probe were on.” He added, “The lander hit the surface hard while landing, it was still very close to the scheduled touchdown site as per the images sent by the orbiter’s onboard camera.”

Chandrayaan-2 comprises an orbiter, lander Vikram and rover Pragyan. Vikram Lander, which encases rover ‘Pragyan’, went out of contact during its ultimate dive, when it was just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, in the wee hours of September 7. An ISRO team is the on the job at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC). 

ISRO Chairman K Sivan said, “We will try to restore link with the lander for 14 days, after the orbiter’s camera spotted it on the Lunar surface.” He added, “Unless and until everything is intact in lander, it’s very difficult to re-establish contact. Only if Vikram had soft-landing, then only communication can be restored. Things are bleak as of now.”

 

-AMULYA NINDRAKOLANU


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