ISRO takes photo of moon lander Vikram on lunar surface


Chennai, Sep 8 (IANS): The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has found its moon lander Vikram on the lunar surface, said an official.

"The lander seems to have hit the lunar surface and is in an upturned position," an official told IANS preferring anonymity.

He also said there is a possibility of the lander getting broken on impact.

The pictures were taken by India's Chandrayaan-2 orbiter that is orbiting the Moon.

 K. Sivan

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, ISRO had said.

Meanwhile according to reports quoting ISRO Chairman K. Sivan, the space agency has the thermal images of the lander on the lunar surface.

He said communication link with the lander has not been established after it got snapped on Saturday while landing on the lunar surface.

On July 22, the Rs 978-crore Chandrayaan-2 was launched into the space by India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style.

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft comprised three segments -- the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), 'Vikram' (1,471 kg, four payloads) and 'Pragyan' (27 kg, two payloads).

After five earth-bound orbit raising activities, Chandrayaan-2 was inserted into the lunar orbit. On September 2, Vikram separated from the orbiter.

Early on September 7, Vikram while on its descent to soft land on the lunar's south polar region apparently lost control and crash landed there by losing communication links.

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  • Lobo, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 9 2019

    Lander Vikram traced, so it is intact. Now it means U T Khader's Russian theory is incorrect. These politicians lose their credibility just by talking nonsense.He is following his master.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Mon, Sep 9 2019

    Mr Kader thought that he is a retired ISRO Scientist and people believe him whatever he says...God knows from he got Russia's connection...

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  • Sujir Praveen, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    Great News...All the best ISRO...

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    God bless to ISRO and to all our proud scientists! we are very much proud and our salute always with you guys. Let us make a successive program for Chandrayan-3

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  • juliana, udupi

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    What was supposed to land must have been dust as it was on the invisible side of earth where it was to stand so it lost its path and tilted. May be it may work if made to stand upright but chances are less due to the earlier experience as the gravitational force on moon is one sixth of earth as I remeber reading somewhere.

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  • dinesh, mulki

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    Modi hai tho mumkin hai...Picture abhi bhaki hai

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    yehi ek baaki tha...voh bhi ho gaya...

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    Nehru ne ISRO ko banga.Modi bas photo op

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    In the display the last 2.1 KM altitude looked agonizingly close. waited and waited hoping ISRO will never get it wrong. But things go wrong even at NASA.
    It would be a massive learning curve even for the aged veteran scientists.
    ISRO has much to gain than to lose from this anti climax failure.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    it was a great effort by Isro scientists..better luck and success next time...failures are stepping stones to success.

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  • Santosh, Manglore/Dubai

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    Vikram lander should be constructed in such a mechanism, can workable in any standing or lying position. we can't expect it will land on legs, because of surface levels. Why don't our respected scientists thought about this? Good, the orbiter is working.

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  • Arvind, Dubai

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    Mr Santosh, your assumtions are completely wrong. It's not about being vertical or horizontal, it's all about controlling the Vikram when it's moving at the speed of 22,000 km/hr! It's not a easy job, please try to understand the facts first

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  • Chowkidar Chor Hai!, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    Santosh, Manglore/Dubai — you certainly are a genius. It's like feku saying he instructed the airforce conduct surgical strike under cloud cover!😂

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    what we can expect from Dynasty looters!!! scamsters supporters?

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    Standing on leg or standing without leg, everything depends on Antenna....it must be straight...what happens if strong wind turns tv antenna's position when you watch TV ? ...same theory applies here.. (quote from ISRO)

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    Probably you want to take yoga to the moon.

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  • santosh Manglore, Manglore

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    Thanks to all for your great comments. Still eagerly waiting for some great news from ISRO.

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    Please dont mess the moon with debris around. God has given us a moon to shine and let it be that way. Please dont poke the moon and space with unwanted garbage

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  • Sivanarain, Bengaluru/Dubai

    Sun, Sep 8 2019

    Let thr next lander a round object. We invented "0"

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