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Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module has been located on the lunar surface and it must have been a hard-landing, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said on Sunday, in an admission that the planned soft-landing wasnt successful. "Yes, we have located the lander on the lunar surface. It must have been a hard-landing", Sivan told PTI.
The image of the lander rover 'Pragyan' is housed inside it was captured by on-board camera of Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which is healthy, safe and functioning normally in the intended orbit around the Moon.
The LRO, that flew over the supposed landing site of Vikram acquired images around the vicinity on Tuesday, but since the exact whereabouts of the lunar lander still remain unknown, Vikram may not have been in the field of view of the camera on-board NASA’s orbiter.
LRO passed over the landing site on 17 September and acquired a set high resolution images of the area; so far the LROC team has not been able to identify the lander. We note that it was dusk when the landing area was imaged and thus large shadows covered much of the terrain, perhaps the Vikram lander is hiding in a shadow. The lighting will be favorable when LRO passes over the site in October and LROC will attempt to image the lander at that time.