ISRO endeavoring to restore link with Chandrayaan-2 lander

ISRO confirms moon lander Vikram located on lunar surface

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A successful landing on the surface of the moon would have made India the fourth country to land on the lunar surface and only the third to operate a robotic rover on the moon. Weighing 3.8 tons and carrying 13 payloads, it had three elements: lunar orbiter, lander and rover.

Asked if the lander was damaged during the hard-landing, he said: That we do not know.

ISRO has found Vikram lander on the moon surface and efforts are going on to re-establish communication with the module.

In the coming days, it will become increasingly hard to establish communication with the lander.

"The lander Vikram has gone".

Given the scientific potential still represented by the orbiter, ISRO declared the mission's objectives 90 to 95 percent accomplished.

Meanwhile, ISRO officials said that any update on Chandrayaan-2 mission, including the status of the moon lander Vikram that crash landed on the lunar surface on Saturday, will be announced on the organisation's website.

"The orbiter is healthy, intact, functioning normally and safely in the Lunar orbit", told the official.

Its descent went as planned until it reached an altitude of around 2 kilometers above the moon's surface. Already it's lying on the surface of the Moon, and we can not reorient it.Vital thing is antennas will have to pointed towards the ground station or the orbiter.

India says it has located its moon lander Vikram in one piece after it was believed to have crashed on the moon's surface whilst attempting to land on Saturday.

Early on September 7, Vikram, while on its descent to soft land on the moon's south polar region, apparently lost control and crash-landed there, snapping the communication links. A lunar day is equal to 14 days on Earth, out of which two days have passed. "Because the performance of GSLV-MK III (which launched the spacecraft) and efficient mission management, we have enough fuel for continuing it forward for seven years". When Isro had to abort the July 15 Chandrayaan-2 launch and postpone it to July 22, it revealed no details of what had gone wrong.

The roughly $140m mission, known as Chandrayaan-2, was meant to study permanently shadowed moon craters that are thought to contain water deposits, which were confirmed by the Chandrayaan-1 mission in 2008.

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