Though it was initially announced that its mission life would be for a year, ISRO subsequently said that it had enough fuel to last for another six.
On Thursday, NASA confirmed that its moon orbiter captured images of the lunar region where Vikram made an unsuccessful attempt to soft-land. In these 14 days, ISRO achieved the status of Vikram Lander with the help of thermal optical photographs. The probability of establishing contact with the lander has a deadline of September 21 because after that the Moon region will enter into a lunar night.
It flew over the area of the Vikram landing site when local lunar time was near dusk; large shadows covered much of the area, LRO Mission deputy project scientist John Keller said in a statement to PTI.
Meanwhile, a national committee of experts, comprising academicians and ISRO scientists, are analysing the cause of the communication loss with the lander. The reason behind this is that its mission life was only 14 days, which ends today. The lander lies on a part of the moon where a cold night is fast approaching. The lander lost communication with ground stations during its final descent. The agency's Jet Propulsion laboratory had beamed a radio frequency to the lander to elicit a response after landing of Vikram didn't go as planned.
The health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network antennas at Bylalu, near Bengaluru, the space agency has said.
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The orbiter carries eight scientific payloads for mapping the lunar surface and study the exosphere (outer atmosphere) of the Moon, while the lander carries three scientific payloads to conduct surface and subsurface science experiments.
India had expected to make space history with the Rs. 1,000-crore Chandrayaan 2 mission.
So far, out of the 38 attempts of "soft landing" on the lunar surface, only 20 have been successful.
Chandrayaan 2 for India now means its orbiter, which is successfully orbiting around the moon in the intended orbit of 100 x 100 km. Initial trials for orbiter payloads are completed successfully.