NASA Orbiter To Give Information On Lander Vikram

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Chandrayaan 2: Crucial day as NASA orbiter to take pictures of Indian moon lander Vikram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had flown to Bengaluru to watch the planned touchdown of Vikram, had urged ISRO scientists to not get dejected and disheartened and said the country was proud of them.

The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on September 2 and started its journey towards the lunar surface.

"Space is hard. We commend ISRO's attempt to land their Chandrayaan 2 mission on the Moon's South Pole".

However, there is still no clarity on the exact condition of the Vikram Lander yet. The exact time of NASA's orbiter flyby is unknown yet.

It's been 11 days now that ISRO's prestigious moon mission went awry, when the space research organisation lost contact with Vikram lander of Chandrayaan 2 owing to a last-minute snag that developed after the operation went off smoothly all along.

Interestingly, one of the key focus areas for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is exploring the Moon's polar regions, which are home to permanently-shadowed craters thought to contain iced water. It is not clear how far this NASA orbiter will reach the landing site today.

Chandrayaan-2 Lander Vikram: What Next?

The orbiter's predecessor- Chandrayaan-1 confirmed the presence of ice water on the region almost a decade ago.

To recall, Chandrayaan 2 orbiter, which continues to revolve around the moon was the first to click a thermal image of Vikram Lander on September 9. Efforts were on since to establish contact with it somehow within the next 14 days, since the lander has been specifically to conduct experiments for 14 Earth days, equivalent to one lunar day. The Indian Space Research Organization needs to get its comms up and running with the lander.

Even if all the communication channels are working by then, Vikram will be left with no resources to charge-up at Chandrayaan-2 lander and keep it powered on. "Any update or image would be shared on our website", it said in a message to The Indian Express.

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