Bengaluru: The Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan 2 is found in “a single piece” and in a “tilted position”, according to ISRO officials on Monday.
The ISRO said the lander is lying on the lunar surface after a hard-landing. Vikram, with rover ‘Pragyan’ housed inside it, hit the lunar surface after communication with the ground-stations was lost during its final descent, just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, in the early hours of Saturday.
An ISRO official associated with the mission claimed on Monday: “It had a hard-landing very close to the planned (touch-down) site as per the images sent by the on-board camera of the orbiter. The lander is there as a single piece, not broken into pieces. It’s in a tilted position”.
“We are making all-out efforts to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander,” the official said.
The mission life of the lander and rover is one Lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days. ISRO Chairman K Sivan had said on Saturday that the space agency would try to restore link with the lander for 14 days.