Chandrayaan-2 is an Indian lunar mission to locate the unchanged south pole of the celestial body by landing a rover.
On 7 September, India attempted to make a soft landing on the lunar surface.
However, the lander Vikram missed the primary landing site and left for another. The scenes disappeared after that.
According to ISRO chief KK Sivan, communication with Vikram Lander was lost and the data is still being analyzed.
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1, successfully launched a 3,840 kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into orbit on July 22.
The Chandrayaan-2 satellite began its journey towards the moon, orbiting the Earth in dark time, on 14 August, following an important maneuver called the Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI), which was launched by ISRO in a “lunar transfer trajectory” Was carried.
In a major milestone for India’s second moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft successfully entered lunar orbit on 20 August by performing lunar orbit insertion (LOI) maneuvers. On 22 August, ISRO released the first image of the moon captured by Chandrayaan-2. On 2 September, ‘Vikram’ successfully parted from the orbiter, which was followed by two de-orbiting maneuvers to bring the lander closer to the moon.
‘Vikram’ and ‘Pragyan’
As India attempted a soft landing on the lunar surface on 7 September, all eyes were on the lander ‘Vikram’ and the rover ‘Pragya’.
The 1,471 kg ‘Vikram‘, named after the Indian space program’s father Vikram Sarabhai, was designed to execute a soft landing on the lunar surface and function for one lunar day, equivalent to about 14 Earth days. is.
Chandrayaan-2’s 27-kg robotic vehicle ‘Pragyan‘, which translates to ‘knowledge’ in Sanskrit, can travel up to 500 meters from the landing site on the moon and leverage solar power for its functioning.
Upon being successful, Pragyan will roll out from inside the lander to conduct an in-depth investigation of the lunar soil with its two payloads.
Chandrayaan, which means “moon vehicle” in Sanskrit, marks the resurgence of international interest in space. The US, China, and private corporations are among the resources to explore everything from resource mining to extraterrestrial colonies ranging from the moon and Mars.