California scientists meet Chandrayaan-2 team

NASA joins ISRO to aid in establishing contact with Vikram moon lander

ISRO now extends Chandrayaan-2 mission life to 7 years

As days pass, the hope of lander Vikram's revival also diminishes because of the 14-day period.

The spacecraft went silent just minutes before it was supposed to safely touch down on the Moon, leaving its handlers back on Earth scrambling to save it. There is also the probability that the impact shock may have damaged the lander. "I believe other DSN stations have done the same too". Nasa's JPL has DSN ground station in three places -Goldstone, South California (US), Madrid (Spain) and Canberra (Australia).

"Scott Tilley, an amateur astronomer who found American weather satellite IMAGE in 2018 that was considered to be lost, on September 10, tweeted: "#DSN 24 beams 12KW of RF at the #Moon in hopes of stimulating #Chandrayaan2's lander #VikramLander into communicating with home. Each site has a minimum of four antennae, from 25 metre to 70 metre in diameter.

Everything seemed to be going splendidly for India's space agency last week as excitement was building for the anticipated touchdown of the Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander.

DSN supports both NASA and non-NASA missions that seek to explore the furthest points of our solar system.

Chandrayaan-2, a project worth 978 crores Indian Rupees, was launched on July 22 into space using the heavy-lift Indian rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III).

ISRO has several future missions planned which include the human spaceflight mission, a joint mission with NASA and also a mission to the sun. It is keenly awaiting for 3D mapping and sharp images of the south pole region of Moon. We are analyzing the data.' No communications have been possible as of yet with the Vikram lander. Nasa's current budget is $21.5 billion, and the Trump administration is seeking another $1.6 billion for the current fiscal year to fund its return to Moon.

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