India — ISRO
Chandrayaan-2: Lunar Orbit

Mission Details

Mission Name: Chandrayaan-2
Mission Type: Lunar Orbiter
Operator: ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization)
Launching State: India
Location: Precise location undetermined or undisclosed.
Latitude: N/A
Longitude: N/A
Launch Date: 22 July 2019, 09:13:12 UT
Landing Date: N/A
Objects on or Related to Site: Vikram
Image Source: NASA


Chandrayaan-2 mission is a highly complex mission, which represents a significant technological leap compared to the previous missions of ISRO, which brought together an Orbiter, Lander and Rover with the goal of exploring south pole of the Moon. This is a unique mission which aims at studying not just one area of the Moon but all the areas combining the exosphere, the surface as well as the sub-surface of the moon in a single mission.

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Object on or Related to Site

Object Name: Vikram
Cospar: 2019-042A
Norad: N/A
Location: Impact site identified by the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter.
Launch Date: 22 July 2019, 09:13:12 UT
Landing Date: 6 September 2019
Deployment: N/A
End Date: N/A
Function: Lunar exploration.
Image Source: NASA


The lander module from India’s moon mission has been located on the lunar surface, the day after it lost contact with the space station, and efforts are underway to try to establish contact with it, the head of the nation’s space agency said.

The cameras from the moon mission’s orbiter had located the lander, said K. Sivan, the chairman of the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) according to the Press Trust of India news agency. He added: “It must have been a hard landing.” ISRO officials could not be reached for comment.

The space agency said it lost touch with the Vikram lunar lander on Saturday as it made its final approach to the moon’s south pole to deploy a rover to search for signs of water.

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