India's first moon lander Vikram, which separated from its mother spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 on Monday. (Photo: IANS)
Chennai, September 8, 2019
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has found its moon lander Vikram on the lunar surface, said an official. This was hours after the communication link with the lander was lost minutes before its planned soft landing on the lunar surface.
"The lander seems to have hit the lunar surface and is in an upturned position," an official told IANS preferring anonymity.
He also said there is a possibility of the lander getting broken on impact.
The pictures were taken by India's Chandrayaan-2 orbiter that is orbiting the Moon.
The Orbiter camera is the highest resolution camera (0.3m) in any lunar mission so far, and shall provide high resolution images which will be immensely useful to the global scientific community, ISRO had said.
Meanwhile according to reports quoting ISRO Chairman K. Sivan, the space agency has the thermal images of the lander on the lunar surface.
He said communication link with the lander has not been established after it got snapped on Saturday while attempting the soft landing on the lunar surface.
The Rs 978-crore Chandrayaan-2 was launched into space by India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) on July 22.
The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft comprised three segments -- the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), Vikram (1,471 kg, four payloads) and Pragyan, the rover (27 kg, two payloads).
After five earth-bound orbit raising activities, Chandrayaan-2 was inserted into the lunar orbit. On September 2, Vikram separated from the orbiter.
Early on September 7, Vikram while on its descent to soft land on the lunar's south polar region apparently lost control and crashlanded, losing communication links with the ground station.
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