NASA Orbiter To Give Information On Lander Vikram

Screen grab of Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module taken before the final moon landing. | PTI

Screen grab of Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module taken before the final moon landing. | PTI

ISRO also clicked images of the lunar lander, but the images were never released to the public.

Moreover, the Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram and NASA LRO share the same area for key focus.

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) will simulate various scenarios to find out why Vikram Lander failed to land smoothly on the moon's surface, a retired senior ISRO official said.

It has already been 10 days since the Vikram lander went silent at a crucial juncture of the Chandrayaan 2 mission.

Following days-long efforts to reconnect with lander "Vikram" of Chandrayaan 2 after it lost contact with the ground station during its moon-landing, on Tuesday the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) tweeted a "thank you" to its supporters for their encouragement.

A successful soft landing on moon would have made India the fourth country to place a spacecraft on the lunar surface after the then USSR, the U.S. and China. The exact time of NASA's orbiter flyby is unknown yet.

Recently, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) joined hands with ISRO in its endeavour to bring back the lander.

Interestingly, it turns out that Nasa's LRO had managed to collect data during the Chandrayaan-2 lander's descent in the early hours of September 7.

However, as time runs out on Vikram as the lunar night looms large from September 21-22 (the region will be in complete darkness for 14 earth days with temperatures dropping to as low as -150 degrees Celsius), ISRO scientists feel that Vikram has at least played a part in this mission, by scooping up a layer of lunar dust to expose it to the IIRS scrutiny.

Vikram lander, which was scheduled to touchdown on the Moon's surface on September 7, had deviated from its planned flight path when it was just 2.1 km above the Moon.

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. NASA's images, on the other hand, will be shared with the public.

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