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Vikram lander tilts after hard hit, but unbroken: ISRO

Vikram lander tilts after hard hit, but unbroken: ISRO

Bengaluru: The 'Vikram' lander lies on the lunar surface as a single piece, unbroken and it is in a tilted position following a hard landing while efforts to re-establish link with the probe were on, an ISRO official said on Monday.

Vikram, which encases rover 'Pragyan' went out of contact during its final descent, when it was just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, in the early hours of September 7.

"The lander is there (on the lunar surface) as a single piece, not broken into pieces. It's in a tilted position," an ISRO official associated with the mission claimed.

Though the lander hit the surface hard while landing, it was still very close to the scheduled touchdown site as per the images sent by the orbiter's onboard camera, he said.

"We are making all-out efforts to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander," the official said.

"An ISRO team is the on the job at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC)," he added.

Chandrayaan-2 comprises an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan).

ISRO Chairman K Sivan had said on Saturday that the space agency would try to restore the link with the lander for 14 days and reiterated the resolve on September 8 after the orbiter's camera spotted it on the Lunar surface.

An ISRO official said chances of restoring a link with the lander were bleak since its system functionality was a prerequisite to achieve that.

With PTI inputs

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