Vikram Lander: Last day tomorrow to establish contact

Vikram, the lunar lander

Chennai, Sept: Things do not seem to be bright for establishing communication with ISRO’s lunar lander Vikram, as the south pole of the moon, where the landing attempt was made, will plunge into darkness for the next 14 days starting tomorrow.

During this phase of lunar night, the region will witness freezing temperatures of over -240 degrees celsius which is most likely to damage the components of Vikram as well as the rover Pragyan, said reports.

There are very less possibilities of energising the lander with solar energy after this period.

ISRO has been trying to reach the lander ever since it did not make the expected soft landing on the Moon’s surface 7 September.

Even NASA’s effort to spot Vikram with the help of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s camera did not yield any positive results.

NT Bureau