ISRO Chief K. Sivan confirmed that the lander Vikram, of Chnandrayaan-2, has been located on the moon surface and they're attempting to establish contact with it.
On September 7, at 1:55 a.m., lander Vikram was supposed to achieve a soft landing on the moon but at a distance of 2.1kms away from the lunar surface, contact with the lander was lost.
This is Mission Control Centre. #VikramLander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from Lander to the ground stations was lost. Data is being analyzed.#ISRO— ISRO (@isro) September 6, 2019
However, it now appears that the circling orbiter has clicked a thermal image of the lander, but as of now, communication is still lost.
We have found the location of lander Vikram on lunar surface and orbiter has clicked a thermal image of lander. We are trying to establish contact. It will be communicated soon.
Vikram lander has a life of 14 earth days, and thus, ISRO may still be able to establish contact with it. People took to Twitter to further encourage and applaud ISRO for their efforts, and #VikramLanderFound started trending:
Now we are officially the first ever country to land of the southern pole of Moon.— 🇮🇳 Snehu 🇮🇳 (@Sneha2004__) September 8, 2019
A huge congratulations to all the scientists of ISRO and @Isro you guys make India proud 🇮🇳🇮🇳, ISRO makes India proud! #VikramLanderFound
The #LanderVikram finally found ,The news 1.3 billion Indians were so eagerly waiting to hear.— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) September 8, 2019
Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. Jai Hind! #ProudOfISRO #ISROweareproudofyou #VikramLanderFound pic.twitter.com/vIEMOSP1FB
THREE CHEERS FOR Our SCIENTISTS 👏👏👏INDIA is on the Moon 🌒🇮🇳#Orbiter has sent Thermal Image of #VikramLander— Rosy (@rose_k01) September 8, 2019
Billions of prayers now for Communication to revive🙏
#ISROweareproudofyou #VikramLanderFound #VikramPragyanLandsMoon #ProudOfISRO #Chandrayaan2 #IndiaOnTheMoon pic.twitter.com/HeytXtVwin
Here's hoping that ISRO is able to establish communication with lander Vikram. Irrespective, Chandrayaan-2 is a success for not just ISRO, but the whole nation.