Our own orbiter had located Vikram Lander earlier, says ISRO Chief


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief K Sivan asserted that the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 had earlier located the Vikram Lander, adding that it was already announced by the space agency, reacting on NASA’s announcement that it has found Chandrayaan-2’s lander on the surface of the Moon. “Our own orbiter had located Vikram Lander, we had already declared that on our website, you can go back and see, said Sivan on Tuesday.

On its website, a statement was issued by the space agency on September 10, 2019, stating, “Vikram lander has been located by the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2, but no communication with it yet. All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with the lander.”

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In September 2019, the lander had lost communication with the ISRO moments before its scheduled soft-landing.

On Tuesday, NASA had released the images of the lander’s impact site on the lunar surface. The space agency posted images clicked by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Camera, showing the site`s changes on the Moon and the impact point before and after the spacecraft had made a hard-landing on the lunar surface. It also showed the impact spot of the lander and an associated debris field created by the crash with blue and green dots respectively.