Pakistani astronaut hails India on Chandrayaan-2 mission

Vikram lander

Vikram lander

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

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.

Lander Vikram was scheduled to land at a high plain between two craters - Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70 degree South. The battery of Vikram Lander, which is carrying the Pragyan Rover, has an expected life of 14 days, so ISRO has another 12 days to establish communication with the craft.

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 trying to have contact. "It will be communicated soon", he had said.

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An illustration of Vikram lander and Pragyan rover on lunar surface. The question remains whether the orbiter can establish connection with the lander Vikram.

"The lander is there (on the Moon) as a single piece, not broken into pieces". Since the launch of Chandrayaan-2 on July 22, 2019, not only India but the whole world watched its progress from one phase to the next with great expectations and excitement. Scientists believe there could be water ice on the South Pole. The precise launch and mission management has ensured a long life of nearly seven years instead of the planned one year.

"Only if it had a soft landing, and if all systems functioned, could communication be restored". However, the orbiter could not establish communication with it so far, the space agency said.

Space experts said the lander may have come down faster than planned and crash-landed on the moon, in a setback for India's space programme that has captivated millions of countrymen.

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