In its journey to find out what went wrong with the Vikram lander at an altitude of 2.1 kms from the lunar surface, Isro has been able to find the location of the Vikram lander. This they accomplished with the help of the Orbiter that used one of its payload to click a thermal image of the lander on the surface of the Moon.
K Sivan said on Sunday, “We have found the location of the Vikram lander on the lunar surface and the 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.” Sivan said the lander may have hard landed on the Moon.
The image of the lander rover ‘Pragyan’ housed inside it was captured by on-board camera of Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter, which is healthy, safe and functioning normally in the intended orbit around the Moon.
The Orbiter camera is the highest resolution camera (0.3m) in any lunar mission so far and shall provide high resolution images which will be immensely useful to the global scientific community, the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency had said earlier.
Since the time ISRO lost connection with the lander, they are on a 14-day mission to re-establish contact.