After two weeks of trying to restore communication with its moon lander Vikram, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has formally stated that it is moving on. An ISRO update stated “A national level committee consisting of academicians and ISRO experts [is] analysing the cause of the communication loss with the lander.” After the thrilling 48 days journey, Vikram lost contact with the ISRO Monitoring Centre as the moon lander fell silent on September 7 in the last 3 minutes of its descent on moon. On September 17, NASA’s 10-year-old Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter flew over Vikram’s landing site and took photos but the images were not clear enough to reveal the exact location of the lander.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the ISRO scientists have made the nation proud. The Chandrayaan 2 orbiter, which was originally supposed to last a year, will now remain operational for seven years. Fuel savings during the trip to Moon has helped ISRO extend Chandrayaan 2 orbiter’s life. The orbiter will continue to conduct the experiments as planned under the mission.