Chandrayaan 2 lunar lander Vikram has been located on the moon's surface and the ground station is working to establish contact, ISRO chief K Sivan told news agency ANI today. ISRO had lost contact with Vikram on Saturday morning while the lander was attempting a historic soft landing near the south pole of the moon.
"We've found the location of lander Vikram on lunar surface and orbiter has clicked a thermal image of the lander. But there is no communication yet. We are trying to have contact. It will be communicated soon," Mr Sivan said.
Chandrayaan 2 began its journey on July 22 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The Rs. 1,000-crore mission, which cost only 1/20th of Hollywood blockbuster 'Avengers: Endgame', was expected to help India make space history by making the country only the fourth - after the United States, Russia and China - to achieve the feat.
The mission had been scheduled to launch a week earlier but the launch was aborted less than an hour before lift-off after a technical glitch.