New Delhi: After ISRO lost contact of Vikram lander, the space agency is coming out with a good news which suggests that all is not lost. The Orbiter has been successfully placed in the precise orbit around the moon and that it will now work for 7 years, which is much higher than the one year planned earlier.
The Orbiter will help ISRO understand the evolution of the moon and will also help in them mapping of minerals and water molecules in the polar region. Orbiter has eight state-of-the-art scientific instruments on board.
In a statement the ISRO said, “The Orbiter camera is the highest resolution camera (0.3m) in any lunar mission so far and shall provide high-resolution images which will be immensely useful to the global scientific community.”
The statement also said, “Chandrayaan 2 mission was a highly complex mission, which represented a significant technological leap compared to the previous missions of ISRO to explore the unexplored south pole of the Moon.”
About losing contact with Vikram Lander, the Indian space agency said that Vikram had followed the planned trajectory from an altitude of 35 km to 2 km just above the lunar surface. All the systems and sensors worked excellently till that point.
The objective of Chandrayaan-2 was to study the moon’s regions combining the exosphere, the surface and also the sub-surface.