'Vikram' lander tilts after hard hit, but unbroken, says ISRO

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CHENNAI: The 'Vikram' lander lies on the lunar surface as a single piece, unbroken and it is in a tilted position following a hard landing, an ISRO official said on Monday.

 

Vikram, which encases rover 'Pragyan' went out of contact during its final descent, when it was just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, in the early hours of September 7.

"On the lunar surface, the lander is as a single piece, not broken into pieces. It's in a tilted position," an ISRO official said.

“Though the lander hit the surface hard while landing, it was still very close to the scheduled touchdown site as per the images sent by the orbiter's onboard camera”, he added.

"We are making all-out efforts to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander. An ISRO team is the on the job at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC)," he said

Chandrayaan-2 comprises an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan).

The mission life of the lander and rover is one lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days.

Vikram carried three payloads--Radio Anatomy of Moon Bound Hypersensitive Ionosphere and Atmosphere (RAMBHA), Chandra's Surface Thermophysical Experiment (ChaSTE) and Instrument for Lunar Seismic Activity (ILSA).

 

With inputs from PTI

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