Or­biter pay­loads pow­ered, send­ing images: Isro chief

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New Delhi: In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Isro) on Thurs­day came out with the up­date on the Chan­drayaan-2 or­biter’s health, say­ing “all pay­loads of the or­biter are pow­ered. Ini­tial tri­als for pay­loads have been com­pleted suc­cess­fully and per­for­mance of all pay­loads is sat­is­fac­tory”.

Isro chair­man K Si­van told TOI, “Pay­loads of the or­biter are op­er­a­tional. They have started send­ing images and sci­en­tists have to go through them.” There are eight ad­vanced pay­loads on the or­biter that will do 3-D map­ping of Moon and search for wa­ter ice and min­er­als in the south pole re­gion.

On the Vikram lan­der, the Isro chief said, “A na­tional-level com­mit­tee com­pris­ing Isro ex­perts and aca­demic in­sti­tutes are al­ready work­ing on to find out the ex­act rea­son of com­mu­ni­ca­tion loss with Vikram (dur­ing the fi­nal de­scent on Septem­ber 7). The panel will find the ex­act cause and the re­port will first be sub­mit­ted to the PMO.”

Meanwhile US space agency Nasa says its lu­nar­craft ‘Lu­nar Re­con­nais­sance Or­biter’ cir­cling the Moon or­bit has cap­tured sev­eral images of the south pole but has not able to spot Vikram. LRO deputy project sci­en­tist John Keller shared a Nasa state­ment con­firm­ing that the LRO or­biter’s cam­era cap­tured the images, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in cnet.com. “The LROC team will an­a­lyse th­ese new images and com­pare them to pre­vi­ous images to see if the lan­der is vis­i­ble (it may be in shadow or out­side the im­aged area),” the state­ment read.

This isn’t LRO’s only shot at spot­ting Vikram. It will fly over again on Oc­to­ber 14 when light­ing con­di­tions are ex­pected to be bet­ter. Nasa said it will make the re­sults of this week’s fly ov-er avail­able as soon as pos­si­ble.

The sec­ond shot for find­ing Vikram won’t help muchasSatu­r­day on­wards, 14 sunny days in the south pole re­gion of Moon will get over and cold lu­nar nights will be­gin. Dur­ing 14 night days, the south pole re­gion will wit­ness freez­ing tem­per­a­tures of over -240 de­grees Cel­sius. and the in­stru­ments aboard the lan­der are not de­signed to with­stand that kind of tem­per­a­ture.


Nasa’s LRO or­biter took images of Moon’s south pole but failed to spot Vikram

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