Chennai, August 1
Space fanatic Shanmuga Subramanian, who discovered the particles of India’s moonlander Vikram, mentioned on Saturday that Chandrayaan-2’s rover Pragyan appears to be intact on the moon’s floor and had rolled out a couple of metres from the lander.
In a sequence of tweets together with the images of the moon floor, Subramanian mentioned: “Chandrayaan-2’s Pragyan “ROVER” intact on Moon’s floor & has rolled out few metres from the skeleton Vikram lander whose payloads obtained disintegrated as a result of tough touchdown.”
“We have received communication from him (Subramanian). Our experts are analysing the same,” Ok. Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), informed IANS.
“It seems the commands were sent to the lander blindly for days & there is a distinct possibility that the lander could have received commands and relayed it to the rover… but the lander was not able to communicate it back to the earth,” Subramanian mentioned.
There can be the potential of the rover rolling out of the lander when it impacted the moon floor.
Tweeting an image taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital (LRO), Shanmugam mentioned the white dot could be the skeleton lander devoid of different payloads and the black dot could be the rover.
According to him, the rover could also be nonetheless intact on the moon’s floor. Latest photos from LRO (Jan 4, 2020) confirmed rover tracks on the moon from the lander.
He mentioned the particles he had discovered earlier could be from one of many payloads. The particles discovered by NASA could be of different payloads, transmitting antenna and thrusters.
Vikram misplaced contact with ISRO following its launch from Chandrayaan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 final 12 months when it tried to make softlanding close to the moon’s south pole.
July 21, 2020 marked a 12 months of the launch of India’s second moon mission by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)-MkIII-M1.
It was on July 22, 2019, when the GSLV rocket, nicknamed ‘Bahubali’, blasted off from the second launch pad at India’s rocket port in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh carrying Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter Vikram (lander) and Pragyan (rover). — IANS