New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander Vikram has been located on the moon's surface and the ground station is working to establish contact, said ISRO Chief K Sivan on Sunday.

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.

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“We've found the location of Vikram Lander on lunar surface and 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,” news agency ANI quoted Sivan as saying.

The communication with Vikram lander was lost in the wee hours of Saturday, moments before its planned landing on the south pole region of the moon. The Vikram lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan 2 orbiter on September 2. The Chandrayaan 2 orbiter continues to orbit the moon.

Earlier Sivan had said that ISRO has not given the hope of establishing contact with lander Vikram and efforts to contact it will continue for the next 14 days.

“The last portion was not executed the right way, in that phase only we lost the link with the Lander, and could not establish communication subsequently. Right now the communication is lost. We will try to establish a link for the next 14 days,” Sivan had said in an interview to Doordarshan. 

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He also said that the data will anaylsed and the space agency will investigate several factors to determine what triggered the communication loss. 

"The last 15 minutes during the final descent of the lander will be the most terrifying moments as we will be handling this operation for the first time," Sivan had said earlier.

Chandrayaan-2 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22. After revolving around the earth's orbit, the spacecraft began its journey to the moon on August 14 and all manoeuvres were carried out to perfection until the last few minutes of descent.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma