Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is continuing its attempt to reach out to moon lander Vikram which was a part of the Chandrayaan 2 project by sending communication signals with its Deep Space Network (DSN), ISRO officials said. The former Karnataka chief minister added, "Once he stepped in ISRO centre, I think it became bad luck for scientists". Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is now orbiting the Moon and was able to take pictures of the Vikram lander. We are analyzing the data.' No communications have been possible as of yet with the Vikram lander.
Meanwhile, the ISRO on Thursday said officials of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and the JPL visited its headquarters and met its Chairman K Sivan.
"We are trying to establish contact".
The Vikram lander was unable to perform a smooth landing on the Moon's surface and had to instead do a hard landing on the surface. Boosting the morale of scientists of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after the space agency lost communication with Chandrayaan-2's lander, Vikram, Modi said that India stands in solidarity with them and the country believes that best is yet to come. The agency that lost all communication with it last Saturday has 14 days, equivalent to one lunar day, to establish contact with Vikram lander.
The reference was to Prime Minister Modi's presence at the Isro's space centre to watch the Moon landing, the first soft landing attempted by India. Vikram lander had the capability of communicating with the rover as well as the orbiter, transmitting important information from the Moon to Earth.
Lander Vikram's three payloads - RAMBHA, ChaSTE and ILSA - were scheduled to carry on a series of experiments including determining seismic activity, monitor temperature, measuring temporal evolution of lunar plasma density and more.