ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is not at all losing hope after losing contact with the “Vikram” lander, which was supposed to perform a smooth landing on the surface of Moon. Even though the loss of contact with the lander was disheartening for ISRO and for the entire nation, the team is not at all leaving the mission behind. They are trying all possible ways to re-establish connection with the lander and continue the mission if possible.
The Vikram lander was unable to perform a smooth landing on the Moon’s surface and had to instead do a hard landing on the surface. During the landing, the ISRO centre in Bengaluru, where the Chandrayaan 2 mission was monitored from, lost all its contact with the lander. However, today images from the lunar orbiter, which is currently following a trajectory around the moon, showed that the lander has in-fact landed close to the initially planned location and has not disintegrated or broken during the landing. As per an ISRO official, the lander is currently in a tilted position.
According to the official, ISRO is continuously working to re-establish communication with the lander. The life of mission for the “Vikram” lander and the “Pragyan” rover, which is located inside the lander, is 1 lunar day which is equivalent to 14 days here on Earth. ISRO will continue all its efforts to gain back the lost communication with the lander until the end of day 14.
Even though the lender has not broken, the hard landing of Vikram has made it difficult to maintain communication with the lander. However, it is important to note that all hope is not lost and there are still chances that the communication can be established again with continuous efforts, despite the limitations.
The Vikram lander has three payloads inside it: RAMBHA (Radio Anatomy of Moon Bound Hypersensitive Ionosphere and Atmosphere), ILSA (Instrument for Lunar Seismic Activity), and chaSTE (Chandra’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment).
The moon landing by ISRO would have made India the fourth nation in the entire world to attempt and succeed in a lunar landing. Millions of people in India and around the world were curious about the Chandrayaan 2 lunar landing and tuned into different television channels, live streams, and websites to get the latest updates on Chandrayaan 2 moon landing.
After the failed lunar landing attempt, everyone from the President and Prime Minister of India to other popular public figures, citizens, and people all around the world had praised the efforts put forward by ISRO.