Nagpur Police Urges 'Vikram' Lander To Respond, Says 'no Challan'

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In an attempt to cajole ISRO's unresponsive Moon Lander, Nagpur Police, on Monday has tweeted out a sincere request to Vikram Lander which is intact on moon

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Vikram Lander is intact, lying tilted on the moon. But Vikram is not communicating to us yet. In an attempt to cajole ISRO's unresponsive Moon Lander, Nagpur Police, on Monday has tweeted out a sincere request. Calling out to Vikram, the department requested the Lander to respond. It even hilariously added that Vikram ' won't be fined for breaking the signals'.

Nagpur Police's plea to Vikram

READ | ISRO reveals 'Vikram in a single piece, in a tilted position' on Moon

Netizens have joined in with the police's prayer, tweeting:

READ | 'Vikram Lander spotted on Lunar surface by Orbiter': ISRO to ANI

Vikram tilted, but in one piece

Earlier in the day, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had revealed that Vikram Lander which hit the lunar surface had indeed made a 'hard-landing' on the moon. ISRO had also said that Vikram was found intact in one piece but was in a tilted position. Vikram had been spotted by Chandrayaan-2's orbiter on Sunday after it lost communication with the ground-stations. It had lost communication during its final descent, just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, in the early hours of Saturday.

"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," an ISRO official associated with the mission claimed to PTI.

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Communication efforts to continue

Earlier, ISRO Chairman K Sivan had said on Saturday that the space agency would try to restore the link with the lander for 14 days and reiterated the resolve on Sunday after the orbiter's camera spotted it on the Lunar surface. An ISRO official said: "Unless and until everything is intact (lander), it's very difficult (to re-establish contact). Already it's lying on the surface of the Moon, and we cannot reorient it. Vital thing is antennas will have to be pointed towards the ground station or the orbiter. Such an operation is extremely difficult. At the same time, chances are good and we will have to keep our fingers crossed," the official added.

READ | Chandrayaan 2 | 'Vikram must have done a hard-landing': ISRO to PTI

What happened during Vikram's soft-landing?

Earlier on Saturday morning at 1:50 AM when Vikram was scheduled to land, ISRO's Deep Space Antenna lost communication with Chandrayaan-2's lander- Vikram as it descended towards the lunar surface. The lander had descended from 30 km to 2km smoothly. During the final smooth braking stage, it had lost communication with Mission Control. Vikram was aimed at soft-landing on the moon, making India the fourth country to do so.   

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