Bengaluru: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief, K Sivan said that they have found the location of Vikram Lander on lunar surface.
“The 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,” he said.
Sivan also added “we do not know if the Vikram module was damaged during the hard-landing on the Lunar surface. Efforts to establish contact with the Vikram module is continuing”.
India's bold mission to soft-land on moon suffered a setback during the wee hours on Saturday, with Chandrayaan-2's 'Vikram' module losing communication with ground stations, just 2.1 km from the lunar surface during its final descent.
"The Vikram Lander followed the planned descent trajectory from its orbit of 35 km to just below 2 km above the surface.
All the systems and sensors of the Lander functioned excellently until this point and proved many new technologies such as variable thrust propulsion technology used in the Lander," ISRO had said in an update.
The success criteria was defined for each and every phase of the mission and till date 90 to 95 per cent of the mission's objectives have been accomplished and it would continue contributing to Lunar science, notwithstanding the loss of communication with the Lander, it had said.