ALL IS NOT LOST; ISRO Locates Vikram Lander, Trying to Establish Contact

In a significant development, the location of the Lander of Chandrayaan-2 has been identified by the Orbiter on the surface of the moon. Two days of the Lander going silent, the Orbiter has located it through thermal imaging, as confirmed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Talking to the ANI, ISRO Chief Dr K Sivan said that the Orbiter has found the location of Vikram Lander, and has clicked its thermal image. However, he has informed that there is no communication yet from the Lander, that went silent during the final leg of its descent to the lunar soil. Dr Sivan said, the ISRO is trying to restore contact with it.

It may be noted that the Orbiter has eight experimental devices and mapping instruments including a sophisticated camera with the highest ever resolution of 0.3 metres. The Orbiter is moving around the moon in an average height of a hundred kilometres in its polar orbit. Therefore it has the ability to see and map the whole surface of the moon periodically.

The Orbiter has helped to locate the position of the Lander, that is currently incommunicado.

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