The Vikram lander module attempted a soft landing on a small patch of lunar highland smooth plains between Simpelius N and Manzinus C craters before losing communication with ISRO.
K Sivan said that while they were trying to establish contact with 'Vikram', the orbiter's life had increased to 7.5 years due to the optimal mission operation though its designed life was one year.
Lander Vikram, with rover Pragyan, housed inside it, lost communication with the ground station on September 7 during its final descent, just 2.1 kms above the lunar surface.
Lander Vikram, with rover Pragyan, housed inside it, lost communication with ground-station early on September seven during its final descent, just 2.1 kms above the lunar surface.
Space researcher Debi Prasad Duari told reporters it is good news that 'Vikram' has been located and everyone is keenly waiting for detailed information.
The Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission is indeed a giant leap for South Asia which not only makes the region but the entire global space industry proud, she opinioned.
The two space agencies plan to put their heads together to find out common factors in the powered descent of both the landers which caused them to lose communication links in the last few moments.
P G Diwakar, however, declined to comment on the reasons behind the glitches faced during the landing of Chandrayaan-2.
'Lunar mission mostly successful': Chandrayaan-themed Ganeshas in Mumbai continue to inspire devotees
It is sad that ISRO has lost contact with the lander. But, that doesn't dampen our spirit as the error would be rectified next time, say the devotees thronging to the pandals.
In the last stage snag, communications between India's moon lander Vikram and the orbiter was snapped as the former was only 2.1 km away.
This year, Israel, too, launched its lunar mission Beresheet in February 2018 but it crash-landed in April.
Expressing solidarity with the scientific community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said "India is proud of our scientists", and asked them to be "courageous."
A hefty supply of the anorthosite soil from Sittampoondi and Kunnamalai villages not only ensured the mission's success but also ended India's dependency on the USA for the same.
The picture was taken at a height of about 2,650 km from the Moon surface on August 21, 2019.
According to ISRO, on Friday’s orbit-raising operations the onboard thrusters were fired for 10 minutes and 46 seconds at 3.27 pm for the spacecraft to achieve its latest orbit.