Chandrayaan 2: Communication with moon lander lost, 95% of the mission still intact
New Delhi : India lost its communication with the Moon-lander Vikram as it attempted landing on the south pole of the plant. It is not known if the Vikram has crashed or communication link got cut. Even in the worst case scenario, there will be a loss of only 5% to the Chandrayaan 2 mission as the orbitor is still orbiting.
"Only 5 per cent of the mission has been lost - Vikram the lander and Pragyan the rover - while the remaining 95 per cent - that is the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter - is orbiting the moon successfully," an official of Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO), who did not want to be identified told IANS.
With one year of mission duration, Chandrayaan 2 will keep clicking several pictures and send it to ISRO. Interestingly, the orbitor's pictures can also help in locating the lander.
The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft comprised three segments - the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), ‘Vikram’ (1,471 kg, four payloads) and ‘Pragyan’ (27 kg, two payloads).
On September 2, the Vikram separated from the Orbiter.