NASA Will Assist IRSO to Communicate with the Vikram Lander this week

by Ernest Thomas
NASA Will Assist IRSO to Communicate with the Vikram Lander this week

In the last week, NASA announced it would likely offer more information over the lost communication between ISRO and Chandrayaan-2. The Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-2, a lunar satellite, started its journey to the Moon on July 22. The spacecraft carried the Vikram lander along with Pragyan rover. Everything seemed to work in line with the plan. At the beginning of this month, India had attempted to make history by landing a probe on the Moon. It came cheerlessly close, but after traveling millions of kilometers, the Indian space organization had lost contact with the Vikram lander. After that, the probe, left with few hundred meters to launch, crash-landed on the Moon.

Reportedly, NASA’s LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) is set to broadcast images of India’s lunar lander. LRO’s project scientist Norah Petro said NASA would share before and after pictures of the area targeted for launching Chandrayaan-2. Besides, the American space agency aims to support the ongoing analysis of ISRO, attempting to contact lander. Currently, ISRO has a time frame of a few days in order to establish contact with the Vikram lander. Thus the data offered by LRO play a significant role in the window of opportunity.

As mentioned above, the Lander with rover Pragyan, lost contact with the ground station during the eventual fall. Notably, it was merely 2.1km above Moon’s surface. Since then, the Indian Space Agency is trying to re-establish the contact. Mr. Petro noted as per NASA’s policy, all the information of LRO is publicly available. Now NASA will share imagery of the landing site with the Indian Space Research Organization. The time is running out, and if ISRO fails to communicate with the lander, it will mark the second failure of the year. Before this, Beresheet, an Israeli spacecraft has been unable to soft-land on the Moon. Both events have some moral for the U.S., which aims to land on the moon in the upcoming time.

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