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Isro tweets status update on Vikram lander that went into silent mode

Isro tweets status update on Vikram lander that went into silent mode

The Indian Space Research Organisation is continuing its efforts to reconnect with lunar lander Vikram.

But news agency Press Trust of India had yesterday quoted a scientist at the space agency to say that the lander was in one piece but was lying in a tilted position.

Taking to micro-blogging platform Twitter on Tuesday morning, ISRO updated that though the lander was located but no communication with it has been made yet.

An illustration of Vikram lander and Pragyan rover on lunar surface.

"After communication with the lander was lost, we chose to offer special prayers seeking Moon God's intervention to regain contact with the lander and it was held on Monday", V Kannan, temple manager told PTI. At the time connection with Vikram was lost, the lander was just 2km above the moon's surface. The mission life of the lander is 14 days that is equivalent to one lunar day. The team of ISRO scientists is attempting to re-establish contact with the lander.

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"It has probably hard-landed on Lunar surface as per the thermal images sent by the on-board camera of Chandrayaan's orbiter", ISRO Official said. "It will be communicated soon", Sivan had said on Sunday.

"Chandrayaan-2 mission was a highly complex mission, which represented a significant technological leap compared to the previous missions of ISRO, which brought together an Orbiter, Lander and Rover to explore the unexplored south pole of the Moon".

In 2014, it became only the fourth nation to put a satellite into orbit around the Red Planet, and in 2017 India's space agency launched 104 satellites in a single mission.

Space experts said the lander may have come down faster than planned and crash-landed on the moon, in a setback for India's space programme that has captivated millions of countrymen.

It was 2.1 km above the moon's surface when it lost contact with the ground stations.


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