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

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Sivan on Sunday informed that Chandrayaan-2’s lunar orbiter has taken images of the lander Vikram on the lunar surface.

“We have not been able to get any signals so far,” he added.

The space agency, however, did not confirm the status of the lander.

The orbiter which went around the moon on Sunday around the landing slots could take a thermal image of the lander.

A review was conducted by the ISRO chairman with his team members to address the cause of the loss of communication with Vikaram during its maiden attempt to soft-land on the moon.

Scientists suspect that Vikram might have lost control due to malfunctioning of one of the five thrusters, which might have destabilised the vehicle.

Chandrayaan-2 was a partial success after the lander Vikram lost communication 2.1 km away from landing on the moon’s surface.

It carried the Pragyan rover.

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