NASA joins ISRO to aid in establishing contact with Vikram moon lander

14 Septembre, 2019, 01:13 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander

JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday said that the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) headquarters in Bengaluru during the launch of Chandrayaan-2 was an "advertisement gimmick".

An unnamed source told news agency IANS that attempts are being made to re-estabilish communication links with the moon lander Vikram.

It is also reported that the American space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is sending radio signals to Vikram. He was received by ISRO Chairman K Sivan, former ISRO Chairman K Kasturirangan and other scientists also welcomed him.

As per recent media reports, not only ISRO, NASA too has sent messages to Vikram lander through its deep space network. Instead of soft landing we have done hard landing. Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is now orbiting the Moon and was able to take pictures of the Vikram lander.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s Chandrayaan-2 lander was supposed to land on the South Pole of the lunar surface on September 7 but lost contact with the control centre 13 minutes after it began its descent.

However, on September 8, ISRO chairman K Sivan said that Vikram had been located on the lunar surface and that it must had been a hard-landing.

ISRO is making all possible efforts to re-establish contact with Vikram, which has a mission life of one lunar day.

Why will the lander survive only 14 days? After revolving around the Earth's orbit for almost 23 days, the craft began its journey to the moon on August 14. It will be too cold for Vikram lander to operate after that period. During the lunar night period, instruments on board the lander could get damaged.

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