New Delhi, Sep 12: According to reports NASA is trying to set a contact with the lost Vikram Lander. NASA has already applauded the efforts of ISRO and given it a thumb's up.
ISRO is trying its level best to establish contact with Vikram Lander, which is lying motionless on Moon.
NASA had commended ISRO's attempt to place 'Vikram' lander of Chandrayaan 2 mission on the moon's south pole and said it was inspired with the Indian space agency's journey.
The US space agency had also said that it looks forward to working with ISRO to explore the solar system together.
"Space is hard. We commend ISRO's attempt to land their #Chandrayaan2 mission on the Moon's the South Pole. You have inspired us with your journey and we look forward to future opportunities to explore our solar system together," NASA said in a tweet.
The days are few and ISRO has to connect to before September 21.
According to a report in Times of India, NASA has also joined the effort to reconnect with Vikram Lander. The deep-space antennas at three geostrategic locations have sent ‘hello signals’ to Vikram Lander, say the report.
Astronomer Scott Tilley tweeted, “DSN 24 beams 12KW of RF at the #Moon in hopes of stimulating #Chandrayaan2's lander #VikramLander into communicating with home. Here's an eerie recording of the searcher's signal reflected off the Moon and back to Earth via EME (Earth Moon Earth) on 2103.7MHz.”
He further said, “#DSN 24 at Goldstone starts early just after local Moonrise signally for #VikramLander,”It needs to be noted that NASA has three deep-space networks located in South California’s Goldstone, Spain’s Madrid, Australia’s Canberra.
ISRO is leaving no stone unturned to establish the effort. "We are making all-out efforts to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander," another ISRO official told PTI. "An ISRO team is the on the job at ISROTelemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC)," said an ISRO official.
Another ÏSRO official associated with the mission said, "It had a hard-landing very close to the planned (touch-down) site as per the images sent by the on-board camera of the orbiter. The lander is there as a single piece, not broken into pieces. It's in a tilted position."The communication with Vikram lander was lost in the wee hours of Saturday, moments before its planned landing on the south pole region of the moon. ISRO chairman K Sivan announced that communication with the lander was lost at 2.1 km from the lunar surface.The Vikram lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan 2 orbiter on September 2. The Chandrayaan 2 orbiter continues to orbit the moon.
After revolving around the Earth's orbit for nearly 23 days, the spacecraft began its journey to the moon on August 14. The mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22.
With Agencies, Pic Google