Vikram ‘not broken’ despite hard-landing: Isro official
Chandrayaan-2 a giant leap for S Asia, says Pak-born woman explorer
PTI & TNN
New Delhi: Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander, which had a “hard-landing” on Moon’s surface in the wee hours of Saturday, is “intact and not broken”. “The Vikram lander is there (on the lunar surface) as a single piece, not broken into pieces. It’s in a tilted position,” an Isro official associated with the moon mission claimed, PTI reports.
Though the Vikram 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, the official further said.
“We are making all-out efforts to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander. An Isro team is on the job at Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network,” the PTI report quoted the official as saying.
However, another media report quoted the Isro chairAmid
all the hostilities and war of words with India, Pakistani sub-orbital explorer has praised Chandrayaan-2 mission, saying India’s attempt to make a landing on Moon was a “giant leap”. Namira, who was born in Karachi and currently based in the UAE, said, “The lunar mission is indeed a giant leap for South Asia which not only makes the region but the entire global space industry proud.” Her statement came two days after Pakistan science and technology minister Fawad Chaudhry mocked the Indian mission, saying “the Indian toy has landed in Mumbai instead of Moon”. The minister’s statement drew a lot of criticism from Pakistanis as well.
man’s office as saying, “What PTI has published isn’t confirmed. We haven’t confirmed it as well.” The clarification said the space agency would provide an update as and when it had confirmation on Vikram’s fate.
A day before, Isro chairman K Sivan had said that Vikram lander was spotted and the image was taken by the orbiter’s high resolution camera. “At this moment, we don’t have any information about that yet. Also, we are still trying to re-establish a communication link.” He had said that even though the lander had made “hard-landing”, the mission had achieved 95% of its objectives. Isro is also mulling lowering the height of the orbiter circling in the 100km lunar orbit in order to zoom in on Moon better.