"Vikram lander has been located by the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2, but no communication with it yet".
The Vikram lander has a lifespan of 14 days till September 20, beyond which it would no longer be in sunlight and thus have no power. "Vikram Lander has been located by the orbiter of #Chandrayaan2, but no communication with it yet".
ISRO is racing against time to spring "Vikram" back to life and salvage the lander-rover part of the Chandrayaan-2 mission.
We do not know what is the condition inside the lander, but we know that ISRO scientists are making every bid to establish contact with it.
"It has probably hard-landed on Lunar surface as per the thermal images sent by the on-board camera of Chandrayaan's orbiter", ISRO Official said. We are trying to have contact.
Most of the payloads are intact on the orbiter, which had an initial lifespan of one year, but is expected to function for at least seven years, according to the latest statement from ISRO. "It will be communicated soon", he had said.
Only the United States, Russia, and New Delhi's regional rival, China, have made a successful soft landing on the Moon, and India had hoped to be the first on the lunar South Pole. Scientists believe there could be water ice on the South Pole.
Meanwhile, flawless and precise launch and efficient management of the Chandrayaan-2 mission - till the lander "Vikram" lost communication with ground-stations -, has paid rich dividends to the ISRO on the orbiter front. 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. The rover would not be functional until communication with the lander is re-established.
In 2014, it became only the fourth nation to put a satellite into orbit around the Red Planet, and in 2017 India's space agency launched 104 satellites in a single mission.