Chandrayaan-2: We got the image of Vikram lander, no communication yet, says Isro chief

Chandrayaan-2: We got the image of Vikram lander, no communication yet, says Isro chief

The Indian space Research Organisation ( Isro) that is still probing the exact reason behind Chandryaan-2lander (Vikram) crashl anding on Moon now has the image of the four-legged probe from the exact location on the lunar surface.

“We’ve got the image of Vikram on the lunar surface from our orbiter. We are analysing the data,”

Vikram, which was expected to land at about 1.53am on September 7, deviates from the intended trajectorybefore going incommunicado, just about three minutes before the expected landing.

The failure analysis committee (FAC) is looking into what may have exactly caused Vikram’s disorientation. But initial indications, scientists told TOI point to a possible over performance of the thrust or a more than optimal horizontal velocity that could have caused the lander to spin out of control.

When Vikram went silent, Isro mission control searched for links from Nasa’s deep space network centre in Madrid and the Indian station in Mauritius. “No signal from Vikram, no links from Madrid or Mauritius,” the mission control had announced.

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