Chennai, August 1st
Space enthusiast Shanmuga Subramanian, who found the debris of Indian lunar traveler Vikram, said on Saturday that the Chandrayaan-2 Pragyan wanderer appears to be intact on the surface of the moon and has unrolled a few meters from the lander.
In a series of tweets along with images of the lunar surface, Subramanian said: “The Pragyan” ROVER “of Chandrayaan-2 is intact on the surface of the Moon and has moved a few meters from the skeleton of the Vikram lander whose payloads have disintegrated due to a rough landing. “
“We received communications from him (submarine). Our experts are analyzing the same, “said K. Sivan, President of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to IANS.
“It appears that the commands were sent to the lander blindly for days and there is a clear possibility that the lander may have received the commands and transmit it to the rover … but the lander was unable to communicate it to the land”
There is also the possibility that the rover will roll out of the lander when it hits the moon’s surface.
Tweeting a photo taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital (LRO), Shanmugam said that the white dot could be the lander skeleton with no other payload and the black dot could be the rover.
According to him, the rover may still be intact on the surface of the moon. The latest photos of LRO (January 4, 2020) showed traces of the rover on the moon from the lander.
He said the debris he had previously found may come from one of the payloads. The debris found by NASA may relate to other payloads, transmitting antennas and thrusters.
Vikram lost contact with ISRO following his launch from the Chandrayaan-2 lunar orbit on September 6 last year, when he attempted to land in the soft lands near the south pole of the moon.
July 21, 2020 marked a year of launch of the second lunar mission of India by a geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) -MkIII-M1.
It was July 22, 2019, when the GSLV rocket, nicknamed “Bahubali”, left the second launch platform in the rocket port of India in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with the Orbiter Chandrayaan-2 Vikram (lander) on board and Pragyan (rover). – IANS