tech2 News Staff September 11, 2019 19:54:57 IST
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is currently analyzing communication data to calculate exactly what happened during the last origin phase of Chandrayaan 2s Vikram lander on the moon's surface. At a distance of 2.1 km, the ISRO mission control lost communication with the lander. It seems that Vikram crashed on the lunar surface and efforts are being made to re-initiate contact with the lander.
A report from from the New York Times states that NASA will actually share before and after pictures, if any, of the area where Vikram landers would land. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a spacecraft currently orbiting the moon, will soon fly over the lander's landing site on September 17, and it can help ISRO with images of the area to help with its analysis. A NASA spokesman confirmed to the NY Times via email.
While the location of Vikram was found by Orbiter ISRO chief K Sivan said it must have been a hard landing. The location was found on board the cameras at Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter. Sivan also said the injury condition is unknown at the moment. But according to a PTI report however, the lander has not broken or rather it is still in one piece but in a tilted position on the lunar surface, near the original landing
ISRO The Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) team is currently working to restore communication with the lander. We will track everything related to Vikram landers position and status. Keep your eyes open for further updates.
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