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Time is running out for re-establishing link with Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram: ISRO

Top ISRO official said 'hard-landing' of Vikram has made the task of linking with it difficult.

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Bengaluru: ISRO is continuing its efforts to restore link with Chandrayaan-2’s lander ‘Vikram’, but experts say time is running out and possibility of re-establishing communication looks “less and less probable.”

Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation K Sivan said on Saturday that the space agency will try to establish link with the lander for 14 days.

After lander Vikram was located on the lunar surface by Chandrayaan-2’s on-board cameras on Sunday, he reiterated that those efforts would continue.

A senior official associated with the mission said, “Progressively… as time goes by… it’s difficult(to establish link)”

However, with “right orientation” it can still generate power and recharge batteries with solar panels, he added.

“But it looks less and less probable, progressively,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Another top ISRO official said “hard-landing” of Vikram on the Lunar surface has made the task of linking again with it that much difficult as it may not have the “right orientation,” and may not have landed on its four legs.

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“Impact shock may have caused damage to the lander,” he said.

The lander was designed to execute a soft landing on the lunar surface, and to function for one lunar day, which is equivalent to about 14 earth days.

Contact from the lander to the ground stations was lost during its powered descent to the Lunar surface minutes before the planned touch-down in the early hours of Saturday.

The 1,471-kg lander of Chandrayaan-2 — first Indian mission to explore the lunar terrain with home-grown technology — is named Vikram after Dr Vikram A Sarabhai, the father of the Indian space programme.

Chandrayaan-2’s 27-kg rover is a six-wheeled robotic vehicle named Pragyan, which translates to ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, and is housed inside the lander.

The lander carried three scientific payloads to conduct surface and subsurface science experiments, while the rover carried two payloads to enhance our understanding of the lunar surface, according to ISRO.

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  1. The Problem of the Hindoo !

    ISRO Mission has failed – 100 % ! It did not land ! But the Hindoo says that it was a 95% success ?

    The PAF destroyed the IAF
    The Pakistan army and Kashmiri Mujahideen destroyed the Hindoo Army
    ISRO manned mission will also fail
    ISRO Space station will also fail
    Hindooosthan economy and banking and manufacturing will be destroyed
    Hindoosthan will also be destroyed

    But the Hindooo does not get it !! Y ?

    Y ?

    Simple ! Look into History !

    Sample the words of Al Beruni the great Arab Philosopher on these Hindoos.Beruni spent many years in Hindooosthan with Ghazni and studied the Vedas,Astrology and Sanskrit !


    The words of Beruni on the Hindoo – which are PROPHETIC !

    The Hindus believe that there is no country but theirs, no nation like theirs, no kings like theirs, no religion like theirs, no science like theirs.
    They are haughty, foolishly vain, self-conceited, and stolid.
    They are by nature niggardly in communicating that which they know, and they take the greatest possible care to withhold it from men of another caste among their own people,still much more, of course, from any foreigner…
    If they travelled and mixed with other nations, they would soon change their mind, for their ancestors were not as narrow-minded as the present generation is.
    This wrong estimate of themselves blinded the Hindus and they assumed a false sense of superiority which ultimately proved their ruin.
    Alberuni also tells us that “they (the Hindus) are in a state of confusion, devoid in logical order and in the last instance always mixed up with silly notions of the crowd”.
    I can only compare their mathematical and astronomical knowledge to a mixture of pearls and sour dates, or of pearls and dung, or of costly crystals and common pebbles.
    Both kinds of things are equal in their eyes since they cannot raise themselves to the methods of a strictly scientific deduction.

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