Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander in ‘single piece’ despite hard landing

New Delhi: Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander, which had lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 2.1 km above the Moon’s surface, was not damaged despite a hard landing. Sources in the space organisation told Zee News that the lander is intact as a “single piece” and not broken into pieces.

The sources, however, added that the Vikram Lander was in a tilted position on the Moon’s surface. It did not land in the position, which was planned by the space agency.

There is still no clarity on the exact condition of the Vikram Lander yet. The condition cannot be accurately ascertained unless the communication is established with the lander. The latest information comes even as the ISRO has been making continuous attempts to establish communication with the lander, the location of which was discovered on Sunday.

As of now, ISRO has 12 more days to establish communication, as the battery of the Vikram Lander has an expected life of 14 days. The lander is carrying the Pragyan Rover.

Confirming that the location had been found, ISRO chief K Sivan had on Sunday said, “We have 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.”