Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Isro confirms orbiter located Vikram lander

Isro confirms orbiter located Vikram lander

By virtue of these features, the orbiter will ensure Chandrayaan 2 continues, and with a scientific mission that many expect to be rewarding.

The mission life of the lander and rover is one Lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days.

"#VikramLander has been located by the orbiter of #Chandrayaan2, but no communication with it yet".

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, Mk III-M1, blasts off carrying Chandrayaan-2 from the Satish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota, India, July 22, 2019.

ISRO continued to make all-out efforts to establish link with Chandrayaan 2's "Vikram" lander, now lying on the lunar surface after a hard-landing. However, the orbiter could not establish communication with it so far, the space agency said.

Devotees took part in the prayers so that contact could be established with the lander and the orbiter.

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"We've found the location of lander Vikram on lunar surface and orbiter has clicked a thermal image of the lander".

This was a unique mission which aimed at studying not just one area of the Moon but all the areas combining the exosphere, the surface as well as the sub-surface of the moon in a single mission, it added. "The official account of ISRO on all social media platforms are as follows: https://www.twitter.com/isro and https://www.facebook.com/ISRO, Youtube ISRO Official, it said". However, it would provide new information on the Moon's scarcely-explored south pole region.

Images sent by the orbiter's onboard camera showed that the lander is very close to the scheduled touchdown site. The precise launch and mission management has ensured a long life of nearly seven years instead of the planned one year.

"Only if it had a soft landing, and if all systems functioned, could communication can be restored".

Chandrayaan-2 was meant to be a multi-part mission, and a follow-up to India's first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1.

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