For the fourth day on Tuesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) continued its efforts to reconnect with the lunar lander Vikram.
The 1.4-tonne lander has been lying silent on the moon’s surface since the early hours of Saturday, the ISRO confirmed on Tuesday in a short update.
Suspense continues on its status amidst many reports and speculations about its fate.
Is it bodily intact and can it still be revived? Has it fallen in a tilted position which might make a salvage difficult? Are its antennas pointed in a favourable way towards the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter that is normally moving above moon? The ISRO sources said they were struggling for these very answers.
“All we can say is that all efforts are going on,” an official said on Tuesday. “You must understand that this is a very difficult time for us to be saying anything with conviction,” he said.
After a three-day silence, the ISRO’s web updates page came alive. But it merely said, “Vikram lander has been located by the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2, but no communication with it yet. All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with the lander.”
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter on which Vikram rode up to its lunar orbit continues to do its job, going around the moon at a distance of 100 km. For visual aids or eyes, it has (among its eight payloads) the 30-cm Orbiter High Resolution Camera or OHRC; and an infra-re