Chandrayaan 2 Moon lander Vikram was all set to finally land, 47 days after leaving the Earth. The entire nation had their eyes glued to this historic achievement. Unfortunately, the ground station lost communication with India’s moon lander Vikram, when it was just 2.1 km over the moon’s surface. However a day after the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 lost contact with the control centre, ISRO has located it on the 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.
Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation K Sivan said on Saturday that the space agency will try to establish a link with the lander for 14 days. But experts say time is running out and the possibility of re-establishing communication looks “less and less probable.”
The lander carried three scientific payloads to conduct surface and subsurface science experiments, while the rover carried two payloads to enhance our understanding of the lunar surface.
The 1,471-kg lander onboard Chandrayaan 2 is the first Indian mission to explore the lunar terrain with home-grown technology. India’s maiden effort to place a lander and a rover on moon’s South Pole has been graciously acknowledged by countries and space agencies around the world.