The Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram Lander has been located by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), but it has not been able to establish communication with it yet, said the space agency. “#VikramLander has been located by the orbiter of #Chandrayaan2, but no communication with it yet,” ISRO tweeted on Tuesday.
The lander was making a ‘soft’ or controlled landing near the South Pole of the moon on Saturday when it lost contact with ground control in the final stage of the descent. Space experts said the lander may have come down faster than planned and crash-landed on the moon. “All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with the lander,” the state-run space agency said on Twitter.
Earlier, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said that the space agency would try to restore a link with the lander for 14 days. According to the ISRO, the orbiter will continue to circle the Moon for almost seven years, providing “high-resolution images which will be immensely useful to the global scientific community“.