Moon landing triumph: India’s missing Vikram probe is finally found on the Moon’s surface


ISRO then attempted to make contact with the spacecraft after analysing its descent.

However, now the missing spacecraft has been located on the surface of the Moon after days of no contact with ISRO.

Chairman of ISRO Kailasavadivoo Sivan confirmed on Sunday that the lander has been spotted.

Mr Sivan told the Times of India that the space agency’s Chadrayaan-2 orbiter spotted Vikram on the lunar surface.

ISRO is now working to analyse the data.

The Chandrayaan-2, which cost roughly $140million (£114million), is intended to study moon craters which are thought to contain water deposits.

The permanent craters were confirmed by the Chandrayaan-1 mission in 2008.

It is not clear what damage the lander suffered during its descent.

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However, an impact probe was launched which intentionally crashed into the Moon.

Chandrayaan-1 operated for 312 days while Chandrayaan-2 houses an orbiter which will revolve around the moon for around a year.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi left ISRO shortly after they lost contact with the spacecraft on Friday.

But he reassured ISRO before he left that they should “be courageous”.

He continued: “There are ups and downs in life… the country is proud of you.”

The Moon has become a major goal for many countries’ space programs.

China became the first country to successfully land a probe on the far side of the Moon earlier this year.

The US also plans to land American astronauts including a woman, by 2024.

NASA’s Artemis program also aims to make new scientific discoveries and demonstrate new technologies.

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The program also plans to establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon.



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