Vikram ‘not broken’ de­spite hard-land­ing: Isro of­fi­cial

Chan­drayaan-2 a gi­ant leap for S Asia, says Pak-born woman ex­plorer

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Namira Salim Suren­dra Singh


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.

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