New Delhi: NASA sending “Hello” messages
Indian Space Research Organisation’s Vikram has been found on moon. After the confusion of it being lost, the orbiter by ISRO found the lander lying motionless on the moon. However, the connection with the Vikram lander has been lost and ISRO has been trying to establish a connection with it for sometime now, all in vain though.
At present, the Vikram lander is lying motionless on the moon after its hard landing on 7th September. However, ISRO is not the only one trying to make connections with Vikram lander, even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been trying to establish a connection with the motionless lander.
NASA’s tries with Vikram Lander
In pursuit of establishing a connection with Vikram lander, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the deep space network ground stations, have beamed a radio frequency to establish a connection with it. Furthermore, there has been a confirmation that NASA has been trying to reach the lander on the moon, as reported by TOI.
A source in NASA confirmed it and told TOI that, “Yes, NASA/JPL is trying to contact Vikram through its deep space network (DSN) as contractually agreed with ISRO.”
NASA has also released an eerie recording of the connection tries. As per another astronomer Scott Tilley, the Nasa’s DSN station in California had beamed the radio frequency to the lander. Furthermore, he says that the DSN station beams a wave of 12KW of RF in the hopes of the lander being able to establish a connection with home. He also told that the station has been sending signals since that last two days, just like other stations. However, there has been no change.
As a connection to the Vikram lander has not yet been made, the hopes of doing so get slimmer by the day. Furthermore, before we know it, the Vikram lander will run out of energy. It has been exposed to the sun rays, but soon, probably around 21st or 22nd September, it will have used up all its energy.
NASA has been showing interest in the ISRO’s lander for two reasons. The first reason being, NASA could have benefited largely with the help of the new data offered by ISRO. Since Vikram lander was equipped with “passive payload” laser reflector array, it would have helped in tracking the exact distance to the moon spot from the earth, which would have helped NASA to plan out its future missions.