India’s Vikram lander, with it the Pragyan rover, before launch. Image credit: The Verge

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Monday has stated that though the Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram has landed with a hard hit, it is unbroken.

ISRO also said it is lying tilted on the surface of the Moon after very close to the scheduled touchdown site.

Meanwhile, efforts are underway to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander.

Also read: Despite landing setback Chandrayaan-2 not a failure

Notably, contact with Vikram, which encases the rover, Pragyan, was lost in the early hours of September 7, when it was just 2.1 km above the lunar surface and seconds before touchdown.

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.

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The Chandrayaan-2 mission with which names of couple of accomplished Assamese, involved an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan).

The mission was aimed at the Vikram module making a soft landing on the Moon’s uncharted south pole.

Earlier reports quoting ISRO chairman K Sivan stated that the space agency would try to restore link with the lander for 14 days.

He reiterated the resolve on Monday after the orbiter’s camera spotted the lander on the Moon.

However, chances of restoring a link with the lander were bleak since system functionality was a prerequisite.

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