India Finds Missing Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface
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India's Chandrayaan-2 moon orbiter spotted the nation's silent Vikram lander on September 8. (Photo Credit: ISRO) India’s Chandrayaan-2 orbiter found the nation’s lost Vikram lander on the moon’s surface, according to Indian Space
India's Chandrayaan-2 moon orbiter spotted the nation's silent Vikram lander on September 8. (Photo Credit: ISRO) India’s Chandrayaan-2 orbiter found the nation’s lost Vikram lander on the moon’s surface, according to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials. The Vikram lander, which attempted to touchdown on the lunar surface on September 6, is still not providing a signal at this time, Space.com reported . ISRO chairman K. Sivan announced that the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter spotted the missing Vikram lander on Sunday and efforts to re-establish contact with the spacecraft will continue for at least two weeks, the Times of India noted in a report . Now we are the first country to land on the southern pole of the moon Big Congratulations to team @isro Hope we can communicate Vikram Lander soon @PMOIndia 🇮🇳 #VikramLanderFound pic.twitter.com/fZegAXHQaA — ISRO Official Update (@shivraj_Office) September 8, 2019 “The Vikram Lander followed the planned descent trajectory from its orbit of 35 km to just below 2 km above the surface. All the systems and sensors of the Lander functioned excellently until this point and proved many new technologies such as variable thrust propulsion technology used in the Lander,” the ISRO said in a press statement . “[To] date 90 to 95 percent of the mission objectives have been accomplished and will continue contributing to Lunar science, notwithstanding the loss of communication with the Lander.” Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of Defence Research&Development Organisation (DRDO): I think, after that gesture, ISRO scientists again started working on the mission, started looking for what actually happened & that’s how they could locate the rover also. #Chandrayaan2 https://t.co/bjA02NKlFT — ISRO Official Update (@shivraj_Office) September 8, 2019 On Friday, the Vikram lander failed to communicate with the ISRO while attempting a historic landing on the moon’s surface. When the Vikram lander was only 1.2 miles above the moon’s south pole region, the ISRO lost contact with the probe, which was a stressful moment for everyone involved in the mission. Breaking – ISRO has found out the exact location of Vikram Lander on lunar Surface. Orbiter has clicked an thermal image of Lander. Communication yet to be established. #Chandrayaan2 #ISROweareproudofyou pic.twitter.com/9KGs7KlUYj — ISRO Official Update (@shivraj_Office) September 8, 2019 Despite this challenge, the ISRO said the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is in good condition and that it may have a life of almost seven years instead of its planned 12-month mission. The Vikram lander is also carrying Pragyan, the Chandrayaan-2 mission’s rover that is expected to spend 14 Earth days (one lunar day) collecting chemical and mineral samples from the lunar surface . The ISRO did not provide an update on the rover’s condition or when it will begin its tasks on the lunar surface yet. More on Geek.com: India Loses Contact With Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Moon Lander India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Lander Splits From Moon Orbiter India’s Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft Takes Close-Up Pictures of the Moon