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Chandrayaan 2 Landing LIVE Updates: ISRO spots Vikram lander near landing site in photos captured by orbiter – Firstpost, Firstpost.com

Chandrayaan 2 Landing LIVE Updates: ISRO spots Vikram lander near landing site in photos captured by orbiter – Firstpost, Firstpost.com


              

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tech2 News StaffSep 08, 2019 16: (***************************************************************************************************************: 36 IST

The orbiter’s TMC 2 camera. It is a miniature version of the Terrain Mapping Camera used onboard the Chandrayaan 1.

Find our entire collection of stories, in-depth analysis, live updates, videos & more on Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission on our dedicated# Chandrayaan2TheMoondomain.

        

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On 7 September 2019, the day Vikram Lander was scheduled to soft-land on the lunar surface, ISRO lost contact with the lander module comprising the Lander Vikram and Rover Pragyan, which came to be ahitch in India’s ambitious space project Chandrayaan 2. However, despite the failed landing, this mission’s orbiter will still be performing various crucial tasks. Principal scientific advisor Dr Vijay Raghavan reminds us of that in along Twitter thread.

Raghavan reminds us that the mission comprised of an Orbiter, Lander and Rover. While ISRO may have lost communication with the Lander, the latter followed the planned descent trajectory from its orbit of 35 km to just below 2 km above the surface.

“Orbiter has already been placed in its intended orbit around the Moon and shall enrich our understanding of the moon’s evolution, map minerals, water molecules in the polar regions, using its eight state- of-the-art scientific instruments, “he said. The launch and mission management has also ensured a long life of almost 7 years for the orbiter instead of the planned one year, he added.

Chandrayaan 2 Landing LIVE Updates: Orbiter images awaited from ISRO from highest-res camera of any lunar mission

Chandrayaan-2 launch was earlier scheduled for (July.

He also said that the success criteria were defined for each and every phase of the mission and so far 90 to 95 percent of the mission objectives have been accomplished and will continue to contribute to Lunar science.

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