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NASA to join ISRO to track Vikram lander by sending Radio signals

NASA to join ISRO to track Vikram lander by sending Radio signals
The Siliconreview
13 September, 2019

Scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are continuing their attempts to track India's moon lander- Vikram,  by sending radio signals of different frequencies through the Deep System Network (DSN). NASA has been lending a helping hand to re-establish contact. The lander, Vikram was all set to make a soft landing on the South Polar Region of the moon at approximately 1:50 am on 7 September 2019 as per the schedule. But the lander experienced a heavy landing which resulted in the loss of communication signals.

Since then, the scientists at ISRO are putting in an effort to track the lander. According to recent reports, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is joining its hands with ISRO to track Vikram. NASA is sending radio signals from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) through its Deep space Network (DSN) to the lander fromits facility in South California. The DSN network of NASA has four antennae which are powerful and are capable of providing continuous radio communications with multiple satellites at the same time.

ISRO has recently stated that the attempts to reestablish the signals with its moon lander will be continued till September 21st. Both ISRO and NASA are putting in their best efforts to track the lander within fourteen earth days which is equivalent to one lunar day.