New Delhi: National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is sending radio signals to Vikram lander, reports news agency IANS. This will support Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) establish communication with Chandrayan-2’s moon lander Vikram and rover Pragyan housed inside it.
Meanwhile, ISRO is pushing itself to make all possible efforts to re-establish contact with Vikram which has a mission life of one lunar day, that equals to 14 earth days.
The US space agency’s Deep Space Network operator Richard Stephenson confirmed on Twitter that the network is helping secure a communication link with the lander.
” To demonstrate just how important the @NASA Deep Space Network is to other agencies requiring a communications link to their spacecraft outside of Earth’s atmosphere. We are currently supporting 2 x @isro and 2 x @esa missions,” he tweeted.
To demonstrate just how important the @NASA Deep Space Network is to other agencies requiring a communications link to their spacecraft outside of Earth's atmosphere . We are currently supporting 2 x @isro and 2 x @esa missions. pic.twitter.com/Fr9RcAxIEx
— Richard Stephenson (@nascom1) September 11, 2019
The US space agency had also said earlier that will share before and after images of the location where Vikram lander made a hard-landing. “NASA will share any before and after flyover imagery of the area around the targeted Chandrayaan-2 Vikram landing site to support analysis by ISRO,” NASA’s spokesman told The New York Times.