Earlier this month, India’s Mission to Moon, Chandrayaan 2 made it to the headlines as it lost its contact with Lander Vikram. The said Lander was supposed to have a soft landing on the South Pole of Earth’s satellite but it lost contact with ISRO a few minutes before its landing. Since then, space scientists are trying to re-establish their connection with the Lander. NASA is also helping ISRO in doing the same. Today, the lunar orbiter of NASA will fly over the landing site on the Lander and will share pictures.
As per reports, NASA's spacecraft known as Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will share images of Vikram Lander which is apparently lying motionless on the moon and it will help the scientist to identify what went wrong with it. Business Today has quoted Noah Petro, LRO's project scientist saying, “NASA will NASA will share any before and after flyover imagery of the area around the targeted Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander landing site to support analysis by the Indian Space Research Organisation.”
Concern, however, hovers over the fading sunlight which may lead to unclear pictures of Lander Vikram grabbed by LRO.
It has already been 10 days since ISRO lost touch with Vikram Lander and scientist just have four more days to re-establish the connection. However, with each passing day, it appears difficult for ISRO to do the same. Earlier one of the officials associated with Chandrayaan 2 mission was quoted saying, “There is no communication with the lander. It is as good as lost. There is no hope; it is very, very difficult to reestablish contact.”
We still have our fingers crossed.
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