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Hopes Fade As Deadline To Contact Chandrayaan 2 Lander Ends Today

Hopes Fade As Deadline To Contact Chandrayaan 2 Lander Ends Today

New Delhi: Highlights2 weeks back, ISRO made a historic attempt to soft land on lunar surface But the Chandrayaan 2 lander Vikram lost contact with the ground station India expected to make history with Rs. 1,000-crore lunar missionwindow._pricee = window._pricee || []; _pricee.push({container : '_pcwgtmid'});Two weeks after the Indian Space Research Organisation made a historic attempt to soft land on the lunar surface, the deadline to contact the Chandrayaan 2 lander Vikram, which had a 14-day mission life, ends today."Chandrayaan 2 orbiter is doing very well. There are eight instruments in the orbiter and each instrument is doing exactly what it meant to do. Regarding the lander, we have not been able to establish communication with it. Our next priority is Gaganyaan mission," ISRO Chief K Sivan told news agency ANI. Earlier today, lunar night began to fall in the south polar region of the moon where the lander was attempting a descent on September 7 and lost contact with the ground station. This would make it impossible for the lander to get any sunlight and generate power for its functioning, ISRO had said earlier. During the lunar night, temperatures could drop to as low as minus 200 degrees Celsius, which could freeze the lander's instruments.On Thursday, the premier space agency said a national-level committee of academics and ISRO experts experts are "analysing the cause of communication loss" with the lander. ""#Chandrayaan2 Orbiter continues to perform scheduled science experiments to complete satisfaction. Meanwhile, the National committee of academicians and ISRO experts is analysing the cause of communication loss with #VikramLander," the ISRO tweeted.#Chandrayaan2 Orbiter continues to perform scheduled science experiments to complete satisfaction. More details on https://t.co/Tr9Gx4RUHQMeanwhile, the National committee of academicians and ISRO experts is analysing the cause of communication loss with #VikramLander— ISRO (isro) September 19, 2019Chandrayaan 2 captured images of the lunar region where lander Vikram made an unsuccessful attempt to soft-land, NASA confirmed on Thursday. The images were captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft during its flyby on September 17, the US space agency said.googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display("adslotNativeVideo"); });India had expected to make space history with the Rs. 1,000-crore Chandrayaan 2 mission.A successful soft landing on the moon's surface would have made the country only the fourth - after the United States, Russia and China - to achieve the feat. It would also have made India the first country to complete a soft landing near the South Pole on its first attempt.(With inputs from PTI) Get Breaking news, live coverage, and Latest News from India and around the world on NDTV.com. Catch all the Live TV action on NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.

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