NASA To Try To Capture ISRO's Vikram Lander On Camera On Lunar Surface


NASA has said on Friday, that it will share ' any before and after flyover imagery' of the Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Lander landing site, as per news reports

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:

Aiding Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s efforts to find its 'Vikram Lander' which is currently lying intact on the lunar surface, NASA has said on Friday, that it will share ' any before and after flyover imagery' of the Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Lander landing site, as per international reports. Reports have stated that the American Space Agency has extended its support to ISRO's analysis of Vikram Lander's hard-landing. Earlier on Tuesday, ISRO had confirmed that Vikram was lying intact on the moon. ISRO has been continuing to contact the Lander since September 7, when Vikram lost contact with ISRO's deep-space antenna.

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NASA to aid ISRO with 'Vikram Lander'

According to reports NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is scheduled to pass over the Vikram Lander's landing site on September 17. ISRO has not released any photos of Vikram as of Friday. Meanwhile, on Thursday, officials of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) visited ISRO's Bengaluru headquarters, according to PTI. ISRO has not revealed as to why the American space experts visited ISRO.

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Vikram intact, but tilted

Previously on Tuesday, ISRO had confirmed that Vikram was in a single piece on the lunar surface, not broken into pieces, and is in a tilted position.  ISRO also stated that "all-out efforts" are being made to establish communication with the lander. Vikram, with rover 'Pragyan' housed inside it, hit the lunar surface after communication with the ground-stations was lost during its final descent, in the early hours of Saturday. Vikram was just 2.1 km above the lunar surface.

"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. "We are making all-out efforts to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander," the official said adding"An ISRO team is the on the job at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC)."

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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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