NASA Joins ISRO To Track Vikram ''Calling Home''

Chandrayaan 2 NASA attempts to make contact with lander Vikram on the Moon

NASA visits ISRO ISRO was visited by officials from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and met its Chairman K.Sivan on Thursday. A NASA source confirmed this. "The attempts will be made till September 20-21 when the sunlight will be there in the area where the Vikram has landed", an ISRO official preferring anonymity advised IANS.

"Here's a eerie recording of the searcher's signal reflected off the Moon and back to Earth via EME (Earth Moon Earth) on 2103.7MHz". "I believe other DSN stations have done the same too". These antennae are capable of providing continuous radio communications with multiple satellites at the same time. Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is now orbiting the Moon and was able to take pictures of the Vikram lander.

Nonetheless this day as we have an even time Chandrayaan and India's most ambitious dwelling mission, there are obvious pertinent questions that come to my thoughts.

The Lander Vikram was to soft-land on the far side of the moon at on September 7.

From its takeoff in July, the Chandrayaan 2 mission has been much-publicized in the media and was expected to be a historic triumph for the nation.

ISRO has several future missions planned which include the human spaceflight mission, a joint mission with NASA and also a mission to the sun. It is keenly awaiting for 3D mapping and sharp images of the south pole region of Moon. Unfortunately, the Vikram lander lost control while trying to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface and ended up crash-landing with a communication loss.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is expected to also photograph the site of landing at a different angle from the OHRC on 17 September and share data with ISRO. US President Donald Trump wants Nasa to use the services of private space companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin to make the manned mission to Moon a reality again, over 50 years after the famous Apollo-11 mission that helped the US make history by becoming the first country in the world to land on Moon.

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