‘Obstacles on lunar surface may have stopped us from establishing contact with lander’
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Chandrayaan-1 Director Mylswamy Annadurai on Sunday said that the obstacles on the surface of the Moon may have stopped lander Vikram receiving signals.
“As we have located the lander on the lunar surface, we now have to establish contact with it. The place, where the lander alighted is expected to be not conducive enough for the lander to soft-land. There may be some obstacles, which could have been stopping us from establishing the connection,” he told news agency ANI.
He further said that the same orbiter which located the lander has also been provided with a communication channel, which envisages such eventuality.
“In the past, the Chandrayaan's orbiter had beamed the signals towards the lander to establish signals, but in the present case, it has to be seen whether the latter receives it or not,” the director said.
“There is always a two-way communication between the orbiter and lander, but we can attempt to communicate through one way,” he added.
However, Annadurai asserted that communication will not be for more than 5-10 minutes.
“It is a tricky situation but our scientists are capable enough to handle it,” he said.
The lander ‘Vikram’ was 2.1-km above the moon's surface when it lost the connection with the ground station at ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru.
However, ISRO chairman K Sivan on Sunday said that the space agency has found the location of Lander through a thermal image clicked by the Orbiter, which is already in the intended orbit around the Moon.
K Sivan, however, maintained that no communication has been established with the Lander and that the agency will try to establish it in the next 14 days.
Chandrayaan-2 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22.
After revolving around the earth's orbit, the spacecraft began its journey to the moon on August 14 and all manoeuvres were carried out to perfection until the last few minutes of descent.
The incident saw all of India uniting in showing their support to the space agency and its scientists, who have said that the moon mission has accomplished at least 90 to 95 per cent of its objectives despite the severance of communication with the Lander.
(With ANI inputs)
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