NASA joins ISRO to track Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Lander

Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander

Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander

The former Karnataka chief minister added, "Once he stepped in ISRO centre, I think it became bad luck for scientists".

On 10 September, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has spotted the lander, but officials declined to describe its condition.

"Meanwhile the DSN24 continues emitting its beacon in hopes #VikramLander will respond.A Good Night all!" he said in a recent tweet. "All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with lander". So, while ISRO has been trying to establish contact with the lander, NASA too has joined in. These stations are located 120 degrees apart and aim to establish contact with any satellite in deep space. "It will be communicated soon", he had said.

Lander Vikram's three payloads - RAMBHA, ChaSTE and ILSA - were scheduled to carry on a series of experiments including determining seismic activity, monitor temperature, measuring temporal evolution of lunar plasma density and more.

Chandrayaan-2, India's second moon mission spacecraft, lifted off successfully onboard the "Bahubali" rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on July 22.

Namira Salim, the first Pak woman to go to Space, said that the attempt to make a soft landing on the Moon's far side was in itself a "giant leap for South Asia as well as for the entire global space industry". However, the Vikram lander, lost contact with the orbiter when it was about 2.1 km from the moon's surface. However, today images from the lunar orbiter, which is now following a trajectory around the moon, showed that the lander has in-fact landed close to the initially planned location and has not disintegrated or broken during the landing.