ISRO has found the location of Vikram lander on the moon

In a big announcement and discovery, ISRO chief has just announced that the orbiter of Chandrayaan 2 has found the location Vikram lander on the surface of the moon. And has beamed its first thermal image back to ISRO. In a statement given to a leading media daily ISRO chief K Sivan said: “ We have found the location of Vikram Lander on the lunar surface via our orbiter, however, communication is yet to be established.”  He has suggested that it might have been a hard landing which could have caused the loss of communication. 

 

The spacecraft of  Chandrayaan 2’s orbiter had been successfully installed in the moon’s orbit which was a major part of the mission. However, communication with the lander Vikram was lost. Could it be so that India has made HISTORY?  

 

Chandrayaan 2 construct- 

Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft comprised of three segments – The Orbiter (Weight- 2379 Kg, 8 payloads), The lander- Vikram (weight- 1471 Kg, 4 Payloads) and the rover Pragyaan (Weight- 27 Kg, 2 payloads). The mission was launched in India’s most powerful satellite GSLV MK3. 

The orbiter is where 89 percent of the experiments will be carried out and it will be the one which will orbit around the moon for one year and help ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) in gathering data. The lander VIkarm detached itself from the Orbiter on 2 nd September and started its descent into the moon’s surface. 

 

What Should have happened-

As per ISRO’s plan, Vikram was supposed to land on the south pole of the moon on a soft spot between two craters. Once it made a smooth landing, the lander would then perform self-health checks and monitor the atmosphere of the moon for 4 hours. 

Post that the rover Pragyaan would leave the lander and enter the moon’s surface. The rover’s wheels were marked with India’s national emblem- Ashok Stambh which would leave marks on wherever it traveled on the moon. The Pragyan rover would roam around the never explored south pole of the moon and give the world valuable data about this unexplored dark side of the moon for a year. Following which both would be abandoned on the surface. 

 

What Actually Happened- 

The lander Vikram successfully detached from the orbiter and made its final descent into the moon’s surface. Everything was fine until the lander was just 2.3 km /30 secs away from landing ground staff lost all communication with the lander and rover and the same has still not been restored. It is now likely we have lost both forever. 

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