Last hope to re­vive ‘Vikram’ ends to­mor­row

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Suren­[email protected] times­group.com

New Delhi: The last hope to re­vive mo­tion­less Chan­drayaan-2’s Vikram lan­der will end on Fri­day as the pe­riod of 14 Earth days or sunny days in the south pole re­gion of Moon where the lan­der made a ‘hard-land­ing’ in the wee hours of Septem­ber 7 will get over.

From Sat­ur­day, 14 Earth nights will start in the south pole, which will wit­ness freez­ing tem­per­a­tures of over -240 de­grees Cel­sius. In such ex­treme tem­per­a­ture, elec­tronic com­po­nents of the lan­der will get dam­aged and chance to en­er­gise the lan­der with so­lar en­ergy will be lost.

With Vikram be­com­ing the talk­ing point, Isro, in its lat­est tweet, thanked peo­ple for their sup­port. “Thank you for stand­ing by us. We will con­tinue to keep go­ing for­ward — pro­pelled by hopes and dreams of In­di­ans across the world!” it tweeted. A source in Isro said, “An ex­pert panel will an­a­lyse what went wrong dur­ing the fi­nal de­scent of Vikram af­ter the com­ple­tion of 14 days. The or­biter is in an ex­cel­lent state.”

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