Isro confirms orbiter located Vikram lander

Karnataka Sep 07: Scientists monitor as Vikram Lander begins its descent on the south pole of the moon at ISRO office in Bengaluru on Saturday

Pakistani astronaut hails India on Chandrayaan-2 mission

However, the orbiter could not establish communication with it so far, the space agency said. According to the ISRO, the orbiter will continue to circle the Moon for nearly seven years, providing "high resolution images which will be immensely useful to the global scientific community".

The lander and the rover are not expected to have signals after 14 earth days from September 7. But there is no communication yet.

Devotees took part in the prayers so that contact could be established with the lander and the orbiter. "Things are bleak", the official said.

Vikram, which encases rover "Pragyan", went incommunicado when it was just 2.1km away from the lunar surface.

Over the weekend, ISRO announced that the orbiter had caught sight of the lander.

Putting the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter on its path was a remarkable feat, he said.

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. Since the launch of Chandrayaan-2 on July 22, 2019, not only India but the whole world watched its progress from one phase to the next with great expectations and excitement. However, it would provide new information on the Moon's scarcely-explored south pole region.

The space agency also said, the precise launch and mission management has ensured a long life of nearly seven years instead of the planned one year for the orbiter.

"After communication with the lander was lost, we made a decision to offer special prayers seeking Moon God's intervention to regain contact with the lander and it was held on Monday", V Kannan, temple manager told PTI. The lander hasn't been heard from since, and engineers suspect Virkam hit the surface much harder than anticipated. A few fake social media accounts in the name of Sivan and also ISRO are active on the social media, including twitter, with updates on the countrys second lunar mission ' Chandrayaan-2', quoting them.

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