Chennai, August 1
The space enthusiast Shanmuja Subbaramaniya who discovered the debris of the Indian lunar lander Vikram said on Saturday that the Chandrayaan 2 lunar rover Pragyan appeared to be intact and had flown out of the lander. A few meters.
Subramanian said in a series of tweets and pictures of the surface of the moon: “The Pragyan “ROVER” of Chandrayaan-2 is intact and has been pushed out a few meters from the skeletal Vikram lander, whose payload was broken down due to the landing. “
“We have received a letter from him (Subramanian). Our experts are analyzing this,” K. Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), told IANS.
“It seems that the command has been blindly sent to the lander for several days. The lander has probably received the command and relayed it to the rover…but the lander was unable to communicate it back to Earth.”
When the rover hits the surface of the moon, it is also possible to push the rover from the moon.
Shanmugam posted a photo taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbit (LRO) on Twitter. He said that the white dot may be a skeleton lander without other payloads, and the black dot may be a rover.
According to him, the lunar rover may still be intact on the lunar surface. LRO’s latest photo (January 4, 2020) shows the lander’s rover trajectory on the moon.
He said that the fragments he found earlier may have come from one of the payloads. The debris discovered by NASA may be other payloads, including transmitting antennas and thrusters.
On September 6 last year, Vikram tried to make a soft landing near the south pole of the moon. After launching from Chandrayaan-2 lunar orbit, he lost contact with ISRO.
July 21, 2020 is the year when the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)-MkIII-M1 launched the second lunar mission to India.
That was on July 22, 2019, when the GSLV rocket, nicknamed “Bahubali”, was launched from the second launch pad of the Rocket Port in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India, carrying Chandrayaan-2. Orbiter Vikram (lander) and Pragyan (rover). — IANS