ISRO Chairman K Sivan (PTI)
ISRO Chairman K Sivan (PTI)

Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2 located on Moon surface: ISRO chief K Sivan

Isro chief K. Sivan says the space agency has find the location of Vikram Lander on moon surface

New Delhi: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K. Sivan on Sunday announced that the space agency has find the location of Vikram Lander on moon surface.

"We've found the location of Vikram Lander on lunar surface & orbiter has clicked a thermal image of Lander. But there is no communication yet. We are trying to have contact. It will be communicated soon", the ISRO chief said

The Isro chief said the orbiter has clicked a thermal image of the Vikram Lander. Sivan said though the space agency has located the lander, but there is no communication yet. The ISRO is trying to establish a contact with the lander and it will be communicated soon.

"It must have been a hard-landing. We do not know if the Vikram module was damaged during the landing on the Lunar surface," the ISRO chairman further added.

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 orbiter which weighs roughly around 2,379 kgs is currently revolving around the moon, nearly 100 kms above its surface. The mission life of the orbiter is one year. The orbiter payloads will conduct remote-sensing observations from a 100 km orbit.

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