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    Chandrayaan 2: Hope Fades For Vikram Lander As Lunar Night Inches Closer

    The ISRO has to get connected with the Lander before September 21st, 2019 because after that the Moon region will enter into a lunar night

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is facing a terrifying time to establish a connection with the Vikram lander which lost contact with the ground station on September 7th, 2019 while attempting to soft-land on the lunar surface.

    The Indian space agency has to get connected with the Lander before September 21st, 2019 because after that the Moon region will enter into a lunar night, making it impossible for the lander to operate as it will hardly get any sunlight to generate power for its operation.

    The NASA orbiter, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), took a series of thermal images of the site where Vikram is said to have hard-landed. These images were taken on September 17th, 2019 when the LRO passed over the site near the moon’s south pole at an altitude of 50 km. However, attempts to establish contact has not yielded any results.

    It may be mentioned here that the lander Vikram lost contact minutes before it was due to touchdown the south pole of moon’s surface on September 7th, 2019.

    Chandrayaan 2 aims to improve the understanding of the moon and make discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole. The Moon offers an undisturbed historical record of the inner solar system environment and Chandrayaan 2 aims to explore that dimension.

    Photo credit: SpaceNews.com

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