ISRO has the last chance to reconnect with the lander Vikram of Chandrayaan 2 mission today. Where the lander is present on the surface of the moon’s south pole, it has started to darken.
By late tonight, the most important moment of this campaign will be One Lunar Day. With this, the chances of contacting the lander again will be almost eliminated.
However, before this, there has been a piece of good news from NASA. After the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, NASA’s orbiter also took pictures of the landing site of Lander Vikram three days ago. On September 17, NASA’s vehicle passed over the moon’s south pole, the place where Vikram was supposed to land.
NASA’s vehicle has taken many pictures while passing through here. NASA scientists are studying these photos. It is expected that much important information can be gained from studying these pictures.
Darkness started going to the south pole of the moon
One lunar day of the moon in which Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram and Rover Pragyan had to do a critical investigation on the surface, it will be finished by late tonight. With this, the South Pole will sink into darkness.
The temperature of the South Pole will reach about -200 degrees as it sinks in darkness. Expectations of contacting the lander Vikram again will also be clouded after the darkness and temperatures are very low.
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NASA is analyzing the photos of the lander
According to news agency PTI, the LRO vehicle of the US space agency NASA has taken a picture of the landing site of India’s Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram.
These photos were taken on September 17, when NASA’s vehicle passed over the landing site. However, it is not yet clear whether NASA’s vehicle has taken the picture of Lander Vikram.
According to NASA, They are analyzing the photographs. Only after this, it will be clear whether they have a picture of Vikram or not. If a picture of Vikram is found, then some new information about his situation can also be revealed.
It is known that earlier Chandrayaan-2 orbiter also took pictures of Vikram’s landing site and his hard landing on the moon. ISRO scientists are also analyzing the photographs obtained from the orbiter.
NASA will compare new images of the lander
Scientist Joll Keller, associated with NASA’s vehicle LRO, said, “The team will compare the old photos to the new ones and try to find out if Vikram is appearing in them. It is possible that Vikram is facing a shadow or has been left out of the picture frame. ‘The time LRO took the photographs was almost Lunar Dusk’s time. This means that at that time a large part of this side of the moon was in the shadow.
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Contact was broken at the last moment from Lander
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) attempted a soft landing of Lander Vikram on the midnight of 6-7 September. During this time the contact with the lander was lost when it was just 2.1 kilometres from the moon.
Since then, ISRO is trying to get back in touch with it. Later, a picture from the orbiter showed that Vikram was slanting at the time of landing. Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
Lander-Rover equipment will be damaged
The lander and rover had to work for only 14 days on the moon. Accordingly, the lander is expected to be contacted by September 21 only. The reason is that after this the moon’s south pole will be night. Here the temperature goes down very much during the night.
Sometimes the temperature goes down to minus 200 degrees. The scientific equipment installed on the lander and the rover trapped inside it has not been made to work at such low temperatures.
By this temperature, many appliances will be damaged forever. The days and nights of the moon are equal to 14-14 days of the Earth.
Orbiter Working in Fine condition
ISRO said on Thursday that Chandrayaan-2’s orbiter is operating at full capacity. Initial tests of all scientific instruments on this have been successful. The performance of the devices is satisfactory.
Regarding the lander Vikram, the agency said that a national level committee of ISRO and some other experts are studying the reasons for the loss of contact with Vikram.
Earlier, ISRO had stated that all the processes from the launch to the beginning were so precise that the orbiter of the vehicle left more fuel than expected. Therefore, the orbiter will carry out experiments by orbiting the moon for seven years as compared to one year already prescribed.
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