Indian Space Research Organisation has said all possible efforts are being made to establish communication with the Vikram Lander.
The space agency in a tweet said, “#VikramLander has been located by the orbiter of #Chandrayaan2, but no communication with it yet. All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with lander.”
— ISRO (@isro) September 10, 2019
This comes after ISRO Chairman K Sivan had told ANI on Sunday that the Chandryaan-2 orbiter has clicked a thermal image of the Lander.
“We are trying to establish contact. It will be communicated soon,” he had said. He had also maintained that it will be “premature to say anything”.
The Lander Vikram was to soft-land on the far side of the moon on September 7. Minutes before its scheduled soft-landing, the communication with Vikram Lander was lost.
It was 2.1 km above the moon’s surface when it lost contact with the ground stations.
A success would have made India the fourth country to place a spacecraft on the moon after the then USSR, the U.S. and China. Also, India would have been the first country to reach close to the lunar South Pole.The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on September 2.