Pakistani astronaut hails India on Chandrayaan-2 mission

Indian Space Research Organisation on Tuesday said all possible efforts are being made to establish communication with Lander Vikram

All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with the lander, the Indian space agency said. The space agency gave the clarification after some social media accounts in the name of Sivan did the rounds.

ISRO continued to make all-out efforts to establish link with Chandrayaan 2's "Vikram" lander, now lying on the lunar surface after a hard-landing. "Vikram Lander has been located by the orbiter of #Chandrayaan2, but no communication with it yet".

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, Mk III-M1, blasts off carrying Chandrayaan-2 from the Satish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota, India, July 22, 2019.

The lander Vikram, with rover "Pragyan" tucked inside it, lost communication with the ground-stations during its final descent, just 2.1 kms above the lunar surface, minutes before the planned soft-landing in the early hours of Saturday. These instruments can map the lunar surface for at least a year.

ISRO officially did not comment on the condition of the lander. "It's in a tilted position", an ISRO official associated with the mission said.

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India's space mission, Chandrayaan-2, comprises an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan).

The scientists needed to reconfirm that it was indeed the Vikram lander that was visible.

The third part of the mission, the orbiter, is expected to remain in a lunar orbit for about seven-and-a-half years collecting information on the lunar terrain.

On September 6, the spacecraft was scheduled to have a soft landing in the Moon's south pole region. 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. At the time connection with Vikram was lost, the lander was just 2km above the moon's surface. The precise launch and mission management has ensured a long life of nearly seven years instead of the planned one year.

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