ISRO chief K Sivan talking to Indian media on Sunday. -NDTV
Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander Vikram has been located on the moon's surface and the ground station is working to establish contact, ISRO chief K Sivan told the media on Sunday.
ISRO had lost contact with Vikram on Saturday morning while the lander was attempting a historic soft landing near the south pole of the moon. Sivan said communication with the lander, however, has not yet been established.
The lander was located with the help of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which remains safe and is revolving around the Moon. The orbiter managed to shoot a thermal image of the Vikram lander.
"We've found the location of lander Vikram on lunar surface and orbiter has clicked a thermal image of the lander. But there is no communication yet. We are trying to have contact. It will be communicated soon," the ISRO chief told news agency ANI.
Chandrayaan-2 began its journey on July 22 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The 10-billion rupee mission was expected to help India make space history by making the country the fourth - after the United States, Russia and China - to achieve the feat.
The soft-landing of Chandrayaan-2's landing module, Vikram, did not go according to plan as all ground communication was lost with it just moments before the scheduled landing late on September 7.
The landing began minutes before 1:40 am Saturday, and then things went awry around 12 minutes after Vikram began its descent.Isro will investigate several factors to determine what triggered the communication loss with Chandrayaan-2's lander, Vikram.
Sources have informed India Today TV that the Chandrayaan-2 team will investigate key datasets like final emissions and signals, last sets of sensor data to find out the reason behind the communication loss with Vikram lander.
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