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ISRO lost contact with Vikram when it was just 2km from lunar surface

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Bengaluru: The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is healthy and safe in the Lunar orbit, an ISRO official said after the Vikram lander lost contact with ground stations minutes before the touchdown on Moon’s surface early on Saturday.

“The orbiter is healthy, intact, functioning normally and safely in the Lunar orbit,” the official told PTI. The mission life of the 2,379-kg orbiter is one year. The orbiter payloads will conduct remote-sensing observations from a 100 km orbit. Chandrayaan-2, a follow-on mission to the Chandrayaan-1 mission undertaken more than a decade ago, comprises an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan).

The orbiter carries eight scientific payloads for mapping the lunar surface and study the exosphere (outer atmosphere) of the Moon. ISRO on September two successfully carried out the separation of lander Vikram (with rover Pragyan housed inside) from the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter.

In the early hours of Saturday, communication from ‘Vikram’ lander to ground stations was lost during its powered descent to the Lunar surface, and ISRO said data is being analysed. “Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, the communication from lander to ground stations was lost,” ISRO Chairman K Sivan said.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission serves as the second phase of ISRO’s Chandrayaan lunar exploration program and is a follow-on to the highly successful Chandrayaan-1 mission, which featured a lunar orbiter and an impactor known as the Moon Impact Probe (MIP).

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UP : Those found suspicious in terms of symptoms will be subjected to an antigen test within 12 hours

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UP CM Yogi Adityanath has given instructions to improve the medical system of Lucknow and Kanpur city regarding Corona. Those found suspicious in terms of symptoms will be subjected to an antigen test within 12 hours. People exposed to positive patients will be searched within 24 hours.

While reviewing Lucknow and Kanpur Nagar video conferencing on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said that in both the districts, the instructions for medical testing, contact tracing and door-to-door survey work have been done better.

Increase the number of beds for Covid patients at KGMU, SGPGI and RMLIMS in Lucknow. To increase the number of beds in Covid hospitals running in private hospitals and institutions, the district administration should prepare and implement action plan and increase the number of ventilator beds.

Care should be taken to ensure that there is no shortage of oxygen in Covid and non-Covid hospitals. ” CM Yogi further said.

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