Moon Lander Vikram Located by Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter

Vikram lander

Vikram lander

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has managed to find to its moon lander Vikram on the lunar surface.

The six-wheeled rover Pragyan, which in Sanskrit means wisdom, should carry out experiments during a lunar day, equivalent to 14 earth days.

Modi, in his address at the ISRO centre asked the scientists not to get disheartened by the hurdles in the lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 and asserted that there will be a "new dawn".

"Attempts are being made to re-establish communication links with the moon lander Vikram".

In a statement ISRO said: "Professor David Tirrell, Provost of California Institute of Technology, USA visited ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore and met K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space (DOS) on September 11, 2019".

Through its deep space network ground stations, NASA's Jet Propulsion laboratory had beamed a radio frequency to Vikram in order to establish contact with the lander. "And then we (also) have a very high-resolution camera with a large spectral range".

Despite that, there still exists the possibility that by using the right orientation, the Vikram lander might be able to generate power and recharge its batteries using solar panels.

Meanwhile, doppler curve data has suggested that the orbiter's path around the Moon is a bit more elliptical than expected, with the orbiter seemingly lower in orbit over the South Pole, near where the landing site is. When Chandrayaan-2 orbiter was launched on July 22, it had 1,697 kg of fuel.

The moon exhibits gravitational anomalies all over its body due to mass concentrations or mascons.

Even though the lender has not broken, the hard landing of Vikram has made it difficult to maintain communication with the lander. The spacecraft had a orbiter that is now orbiting around 100 km over the moon. He came here to try and claim that the moon mission began because of him.