Lander Vikram is safe, but tilted: ISRO
India’s most precious space mission Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram has been found on the lunar surface and attempts are on to re-establish communication with it. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday confirmed that the lander is safe, but is currently in a tilted position. It has not shattered in pieces as was being feared earlier. Chandrayaan-2’s orbiter had spotted Vikram on the lunar surface on Sunday.
A statement from ISRO said, “We are making all-out efforts to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander. Unless and until everything is intact (lander), it's very difficult (to re-establish contact). Chances are less. Only if it had soft-landing, and if all systems functioned, then only communication can be restored”
The lander lost contact with the ground station in Bengaluru minutes before its landing on September 7 when it was scheduled to make a soft-landing on the unexplored South Pole of the Moon.
The module was carrying rover Pragyan and three other scientific instruments that would study soil composition, lunar atmosphere seismic activity and other aspects around the landing site.
It was planned to conduct remote-sensing observations for one year from a 100 km orbit above the Moon's surface. The mission life of the lander and rover was scheduled for one Lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days.