Bengaluru : Hopes fading as the effort to re-establish communication with lander-rover, part of Chandrayaan-2 mission is going grim with the time restore link with ‘Vikram’ is closing in, in about a week’s time. Lander Vikram lost communication with ground-station on September 7 during final descent.
The lander and rover have a mission life of one Lunar day, which is equivalent to 14 earth days – that means ISRO now has just over a week to spring Vikram back to life.
With each passing hour, ISRO is losing the hope to re-establish connection with the “unresponsive” lander ‘Vikram’ lying on the lunar surface. The available battery power is getting drained out. “”With every passing minute, the situation becomes worse only…less and less probable to establish contact with Vikram”, said an official working in the ISRO. “It looks more and more remote only”, the official said when asked if there was a slender chance of re-establishing the link.
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During its last 15 minutes of descent the lander ‘Vikram’ went haywire when it purportedly did a somersault instead of tilting slightly to map the area of its landing location. For a brief moment the Chandrayaan-2 lander laid upside down over the lunar surface. The reverse thrust-producing engines, which were slowing Vikram down, faced the sky for some time. And so, instead of slowing the craft down, the engines actually pushed the Vikram lander down towards the lunar surface causing it to affect “soft landing” adversely.