The lander was spotted some distance away — possibly about half a kilometre — from its intended touchdown point, reports said.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has retrieved images and located the lander Vikram on the moon on September 8 and is analysing them for a clear picture of the lander’s condition, it is learnt.
At 1.45 a.m. on September 7, 12 minutes into its descent onto the lunar surface, the lander lost contact with earth. It is believed to have deviated from its path, fallen silent, and probably crashed on moon.
The pictures are among the early images sent later in the day by the main Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft, which continues to orbit the moon from pole to pole from a 100-km distance. The lander was spotted some distance away — possibly about half a kilometre — from its intended touchdown point, reports said.The originally chosen region was s about 70° south of the lunar equator and about 600 km from the lunar south pole.
On September 8, news reports quoted ISRO chairman K. Sivan as saying the agency was trying to restore contact with the lander.
We are proud of India and its scientists today. Chandrayaan-2 saw some challenges last minute but the courage and hard work you have shown are historical. Knowing Prime Minister Narendramodi, he and his ISRO team will make it happen one day.
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