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Lander ‘tilted’ not broken, says ISRO

Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram is unbroken but lying tilted on the surface of the moon after a hard landing very close to the scheduled touchdown site, an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official said on Monday.

Efforts are underway to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander but chances of that are bleak with full system functionality a prerequisite to restoring contact, officials explained.

“The lander is there (on the moon) as a single piece, not broken into pieces. It’s in a tilted position,” an ISRO official associated with the mission said.

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Images sent by the orbiter’s on-board camera shows that though the lander hit the lunar surface hard while landing, it is still very close to the scheduled touchdown site. “We are making all-out efforts to see whether communication can be re-establishedwith the lander,” the official said.

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

The Chandrayaan-2 mission involved an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan).

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