The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has located the exact location of the Vikram lander using Optical High Resolution Camera (OHRC). The organisation is trying to establish contact with the lander.
Bengaluru: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has found out the exact location of the Vikram lander that had lost contact communication with the space agency just moments before its scheduled soft landing on Saturday. However, communication with the lander 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 using Optical High Resolution Camera (OHRC).
Isro has been able to identify the lander Vikram, but the condition of the lander is yet to be ascertained.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his limitless support to the hard-working scientists and said that science knows no failures but only efforts.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) on Saturday (September 7) took to Twitter to laud the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) attempt to land its Chandrayaan-2 mission on the south pole of the moon.
In a tweet, NASA said, "Space is hard. We commend Isro's attempt to land their Chandrayaan-2 mission on the Moon's South Pole."
Last Updated 2:08 PM IST