A wave of happiness surged throughout when ISRO received images sent by the on-board camera of the orbiter. According to a senior official at ISRO, Vikram Lander is in one piece but tilted very close to the planned landing site, owing to the hard landing.
The good news is, the lander is there in one piece, not broken or destroyed, which means communication can be established again.
“We are making all-out efforts to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander.” The official added.
The good news came not long after ISRO Chief 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 Sunday after the orbiter’s camera spotted it on the Lunar surface.
According to another senior ISRO official:
“Unless and until everything is intact (lander), it’s very difficult (to re-establish contact). Chances are less. Only if it had soft-landing, and if all systems functioned, then only communication can be restored. Things are bleak as of now.”
ISRO is not losing hope and neither are we!