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So tomorrow #NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter circling Moon since 2009 is scheduled to fly over #Chandrayaan2 #Vikram lander's site. Interestingly #LRO was close enough during Vikram's landing to gather data about maneuver using its Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project instrument.
"As a matter of fact during descent of #Chandrayaan2, the
Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project #LAMP instrument was observing the changes in the exosphere of #Moon as a result of the rocket effluence coming down"

- Jay Jenkins, Office of Exploration at NASA's Science Mission Directorate
#ISRO lost contact with #Chandrayaan2's #Vikram during final stages of its descent. An unexplained wobble may have caused Vikram to go off course, data suggests. Descent was to last around 15 minutes. But around 11 minutes after Vikram began its decent, things went haywire.
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#Chandrayaan2 – the space-exploring, moon-landing, lunar-roving flying machine that Indians in 5019 AD will call 'ancient pushpak vimanas' and actually be right for once – is set to lift off onboard a #GSLVMkIII rocket at 2.51 am on July 15, on the rocket's M1 mission. 1/n
There is a tremendous amount of details surrounding this one mission, with good reason: it's India's most complex robotic mission to date. A #PSLV launching a hundred satellites into different orbits pales compared to what's going on here. E.g., the rocket itself 2/n
has been fit with the new CE20 cryogenic engine, whose development began in 2002 and which completed its integration full-duration hot test in 2017. isro.gov.in/update/26-jan-… Though it's one of the most powerful such engines in the world, many people seem to think 3/n
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