NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Fails to Spot Lunar Lander Vikram

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ISRO on Tuesday thanked Indians in the country and overseas for the support it received after the space agency lost contact with the lander of the country's second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2, minutes before touchdown on the lunar surface on 7 September.

"All the payloads of the orbiter are powered and the initial trials of the payloads have been completed successfully".

"#Chandrayaan2 Orbiter continues to perform scheduled science experiments to complete satisfaction".

"It was near dusk as the region prepares to transition from a two-week lunar day to an equally long lunar night, so shadows covered much of the region, and Vikram may not be in the LROC's field of view", Carreau wrote, citing a NASA statement.

ISRO as well as the United States space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration, have been making all-out efforts to re-establish contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lander.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday tweeted a thank you note for Indians across the world for supporting the space agency on their latest mission Chandrayaan-2.

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Lander Vikram, with rover Pragyan housed inside it, lost communication with ground-stations early on 7 September during its final descent, just 2.1 kms above the lunar surface, minutes before the planned touch-down on the Moon. Performance of all orbiter Payloads is satisfactory.

On September 8, ISRO said the lander was spotted on the lunar surface by camera on-board of the Chandrayaan-2orbiter.

ISRO has been desperately trying to establish a link with Vikram till its misison life, which is one lunar day and equviliant to 14 Earth days. In the last stage, the communication between the Vikram Lander and the moon orbiter was snapped as the former was descending towards the moon's South Pole, where no country has ever gone before.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been orbiting the Moon for ten years now.

It's been 10 days since Vikram stopped all communications and went radio silent on September 7.

The e-newsletter later modified the headline to "NASA's LRO Begins Search For Restful Chandrayaan-2 Lander".

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