As Orbiter spots Vikram, hope floats for Chandrayan-2

Vikram the lander
Chandrayan-2 Orbitor sends a thermal image of Vikram

On his way to find out what went wrong with the 2.1-kilometre altitude lander Vikram, Isro was able to locate the lander Vikram. That is done by helping the Orbitor to click on a heat picture of the lander on the moon’s surface with his payload.

Isro Chef K Sivan said in an exclusive interview, that the agency has succeeded in locating the lander through the orbiter and has got a thermal picture of it.

The ISRO chief, K V Sivan said on Sunday, “We have found the location of the Vikram lander on the lunar surface and the Orbiter has clicked a thermal image of Lander. But there is no communication yet. We are trying to have contact. It will be communicated soon.”

It may have been because of hard-landing on the Moon, said Sivan.

In its interior, the picture of the landers rover’ Pragyan’ was caught by a Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter on-board camera, which is healthy, secure and operates usually around the Moon.

The Orbiter camera, as the Bengaluru-based spatial agency has said, is the highest-resolution camera (0.3-m) in any lunar task to date and will provide high-resolution pictures that will be extremely helpful for the world’s scientific community.

Since ISRO lost its link to the lander, they are on a mission to reconnect with it in 14 days.
Starting on Sunday, researchers are analyzing and gathering information to know the situation of the lander and the thermal image the Orbiter captures is useful for research. Dr Vijay Raghavan, Senior Scientific Advisor said, “Science gives life meaning. It reveals the past of our species and allows us to shoot for the moon. That feeling of adventure, of the unknown, of setbacks, of moving forward: that’s science. The goal of a moonshot is to inspire. So I count Chandrayaan 2 as a 100% success.”



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