ISRO Chief Sivan Says 'mission Continues' After Orbiter's 7 Year Life

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In his first interview post-Chandryaan-2's Vikram Lander losing contact with ISRO centre, Chairman K Sivan has said that the 'Mission Continues'.

Written By Misha Bhatt | Mumbai | Updated On:

In his first interview post-Chandryaan-2's Vikram Lander losing contact with ISRO, Chairman K Sivan said that the 'Mission Continues'. Addressing the condition of the orbiter, he assured that the Orbiter was working well. Sivan also spoke about how the orbiter has a life of 7 and a half year as compared to normal orbiters which had a span of simply a year. In his interview, K Sivan assured the Indian populace that 90-95 per cent of the mission was a success. He also said that the Orbiter would continue to keep sending information such as high-resolution pictures and other crucial data from the Southern Polar- region of the Moon for the next seven and a half years. K Sivan has also thanked Prime Minister Modi for motivating the scientists to never give up, saying that the PM is a source of inspiration and support for all scientists.

"The mission continue," the ISRO chief added in his remarks.

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Main Objectives of Chandrayaan-2

Speaking further on the Chandrayaan 2, he spoke about the main objective of the second Lunar mission. 'Science' was considered the first main objective of the mission and encompassed what went into building the Orbiter. The second objective was a demonstration of the 'Technology' used and it was meant mainly for the purpose of landing on the Moon and for the Pragyan Rover. He said that the Chandrayaan-2's orbit was different from other Lunar orbiters, and he explained how every orbiter has only an S-band, whereas the Chandrayaan-2 had both an S-band and an L-Band. According to K Sivan, the L-Band has the technical strength to find water and ice on the polar region of the Moon.

READ| Chandrayaan 2 new update out: Orbiter to provide hi-res Moon images

Vikran Lander loses contact

On Saturday morning at 2 am, the entire nation waited eagerly with bated breath for the soft-landing of the Vikram lander on the lunar surface of the Moon. It cleared the Rough Braking phase, the Powder Descent phase, and the Fine Breaking phase successfully. However, it lost contact with the ISRO base station just 2.1 km over the lunar surface while it attempted what would have otherwise been a historic landing.

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