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Ray of Hope? Chennai Techie Claims Chandrayaan 2 Rover Pragyan is Intact, ISRO Says Probing Images

Screenshot of the picture that Subramanian shared on Twitter.

In a sequence of tweets together with the images of the moon floor, Subramanian mentioned: “Chandrayaan-2’s Pragyan “ROVER” intact on Moon’s surface and has rolled out few metres from the skeleton Vikram lander whose payloads got disintegrated due to rough landing.”

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  • Last Updated: August 2, 2020, 12:30 PM IST

Space fanatic and techie Shanmuga Subramanian has claimed that rover Pragyan of Chandrayaan-2, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s moon mission, is unbroken on the lunar floor and had rolled out a couple of metres from the lander.

He had beforehand discovered the particles of India’s moonlander Vikram. NASA had given credit score to Subramanian, whereas sending him an e-mail on how his discovery had assisted its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera crew to seek out the positioning of the first affect, together with different particles on the affect location.

In a sequence of tweets together with the images of the moon floor, Subramanian mentioned, “Chandrayaan-2’s Pragyan “ROVER” intact on Moon’s surface and has rolled out few metres from the skeleton Vikram lander whose payloads got disintegrated due to rough landing.”

“We have received communication from him (Subramanian). Our experts are analysing the same,” Okay. Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), mentioned.

“It seems the commands were sent to the lander blindly for days & there is a distinct possibility that the lander could have received commands and relayed it to the rover… but the lander was not able to communicate it back to the earth,” Subramanian mentioned.

Tweeting an image taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital (LRO), Shanmugam mentioned the white dot is perhaps the skeleton lander devoid of different payloads and the black dot is perhaps the rover.

According to him, the rover could also be nonetheless intact on the moon’s floor. Latest photos from LRO (Jan 4, 2020) confirmed rover tracks on the moon from the lander. He mentioned the particles he had discovered earlier is perhaps from one of many payloads. The particles discovered by NASA is perhaps of different payloads, transmitting antenna and thrusters.

Speaking to CNN-Information18, Subramanian speculated in regards to the probabilities of the Pragyan rover remaining intact: “There are many possibilities on how it could have been intact, as it was bolted to the Lander, and could have survived the harsh rough landing.”

He additionally clarified that he was nonetheless ready for a affirmation from ISRO.

Asked particularly if he was saying that the rover was functioning optimally, he mentioned he had not mentioned something on that facet. Speaking about his methodology of discovering the tracks of the rover, he mentioned :”I downloaded EDR images from NASA’s LRO quickmap site and used USGS ISIS3 open source software and processed it further to enlarge these images. And in the enlarged image we can find tracks of the rover​.”

Vikram misplaced contact with ISRO following its launch from Chandrayaan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 final yr when it tried to make a tender touchdown close to the moon’s south pole.

July 21, 2020 marked a yr of the launch of India’s second moon mission by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)-MkIII-M1.

It was on July 22, 2019, when the GSLV rocket, nicknamed ‘Bahubali’, blasted off from the second launch pad at India’s rocket port in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh carrying Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter Vikram (lander) and Pragyan (rover).


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