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Watch | Chandrayaan's Vikram lander: what we know so far

The Indian Space Research Organisation is continuing its efforts to reconnect with lunar lander Vikram.

The 1.4-tonne lander has been lying silent on the moon’s surface since the early hours of September 7.

ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 mission involved an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan).

The Vikram module was to make a historic first soft landing near the moon’s south pole at 1.55 a.m. on September 7. Vikram lost its earth link when it was 2.1 km and about 3 minutes from touchdown.

ISRO said the mission’s orbiter had spotted the lander on the moon on September 8. ISRO Chairman K Sivan said they would try to restore link with the lander for 14 days.

The lander and the rover are not expected to have signals after 14 earth days from September 7. The lunar night will begin and the spacecraft will have run out of solar power.

The ISRO is understood to be trying to call Vikram via the orbiter link. The orbiter is safe in the intended orbit around the moon. With the “precise launch and mission management”, the orbiter's life span will extend to almost seven years.

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Printable version | Aug 9, 2020 3:24:52 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/watch-chandrayaans-vikram-lander-what-we-know-so-far/article29382447.ece

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