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ISRO says moon lander Vikram located by Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter

Pakistani astronaut hails India on Chandrayaan-2 mission Chandrayaan-2 orbiter locates Vikram, the lander; efforts on to establish contact, says ISRO
Sandra Phillips | 10 September, 2019, 13:45

KARACHI: Pakistan's first female astronaut Namira Salim has congratulated the Indian Space and Research Organisation (Isro) on the Chandrayaan-2 mission and its historic attempt to make a landing on the Moon, global media reported.

"Unless and until everything is intact, it's very hard (to re-establish contact)", PTI quoted an unnamed ISRO official.

The status of the Chandrayaan-2 lander remains the same, two days after ISRO Chairman K. Sivan announced that the orbiter had imaged the lander on the lunar surface. The rover would not be functional until communication with the lander is re-established.

Talking to news agency PTI, the space agency official said that the "moon lander has not broken though its position is tilted". "Things are bleak", the official said.

All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with the lander, the Indian space agency said.

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Scores of fake Twitter accounts of Sivan had emerged on September 7-8, shortly after his popularity peaked due to the Chandrayaan 2 mission.

Only the United States, Russia and New Delhi's regional rival China have made a successful soft landing on the Moon, and India had hoped to be the first on the lunar South Pole. Also, India would have been the first country to reach close to the lunar South Pole. It is a complex process even for those who have already done it.

The ISRO is understood to be trying to call Vikram via the orbiter link.

Chandrayaan-2, India's second moon mission spacecraft, lifted off successfully onboard the "Bahubali" rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on July 22.

Vikram and lunar rover Pragyan, which is housed inside the lander, were scheduled to operate for one lunar day (equal to 14 Earth days) and carry out a series of surface and sub-surface experiments.

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