India locates missing Moon lander, no communication yet

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ISRO said the mission's orbiter had spotted the lander on the moon on September 8.

KARACHI: Pakistan's first female astronaut Namira Salim has congratulated the Indian Space and Research Organisation (Isro) on the Chandrayaan-2 mission and its historic attempt to make a landing on the Moon, global media reported. "We prayed so that the lander springs back to life and we get to know some unknown aspects of the moon", he said.

Over the weekend, ISRO announced that the orbiter had caught sight of the lander.

"All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with lander".

The Vikram lander was scheduled to touch down on September 7 at 1:53 AM, near the southern polar region of the Moon.

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Devotees took part in the prayers so that contact could be established with the lander and the orbiter.

Vikram, with rover "Pragyan" housed inside it, hit the lunar surface after communication with the ground-stations was lost during its final descent, just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, in the early hours of Saturday. "It will be communicated soon", Sivan said. The camera that imaged these pixels is the Orbiter High Resolution Camera (OHRC), which has the highest resolution of any cameras in orbit around the Moon today.

Chandrayaan-2 was meant to be a multi-part mission, and a follow-up to India's first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1. "The success criteria was defined for each and every phase of the mission and till date, 90 to 95 per cent of the mission objectives have been accomplished and will continue to contribute to Lunar science, notwithstanding the loss of communication with the Lander", the space agency stated.

S Raja, a devotee, said the Chandrayaan 2 mission has caught the imagination of the common people and the prayer was their way of expressing solidarity with the space agency. Scientists believe there could be water ice on the South Pole.