Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) confirmed on Tuesday Morning (10th Sept 2019) about locating Chandrayaan 2’s lander — Vikram on the surface of the moon.
The space agency wrote in a tweet, “#VikramLander has been located by the orbiter of #Chandrayaan2, but no communication with it yet. All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with lander. #ISRO”
This confirmation comes after ISRO chief K Sivan was quoted on Monday admitting that Vikram may have made a “hard landing” and added that Chandrayaan 2’s lunar orbiter managed to click thermal images of the lander.
ISRO officials said the images revealed the lander undamaged but in “a tilted position”.
Now since ISRO has identified that landing site of Vikram, scientists are working to re-establish a communication link. Experts say the chances to establish contact remains bleak until all systems functioned.
Vikram who was scheduled for a soft landing at 1:53 am on Saturday stopped transmission 2.1 kilometers away from the surface. The ISRO chief blamed faulty execution of the last stage of the operation for this failure.
However, a successful soft landing on the moon’s surface would’ve meant India becoming the fourth nation to achieve the feat after United States, Russia and China.
The lander consisted of several payloads, and most importantly a rover Pragyan. The lunar rover was scheduled to operate for 14 earth days who would have carried out several surface and subsurface experiments.
Source : Various