India's moon lander 'Vikram' is in one piece and 'very close' to where it was supposed to land

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India's pioneering Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is intact after a hard landing on the lunar surface, 'very close' to its planned touch-down site.

There were fears that the lunar lander had been damaged after the Indian Space Research Organisation lost contact with it on Friday night.

Officials - Piece - Surface - Position

However, officials have now confirmed it is still in one piece and is currently lying on the lunar surface in a tilted position.

Communication has not been re-established, however.

Mission - Lander - Vikram - Attempt - Surface

It comes after the $140 million mission's lander, known as Vikram, failed in its attempt to reach the surface of the moon safely on Friday, just 2.1km (1.3 miles) from the ground.

An official told the Press Trust of India today: 'It had a hard-landing very close to the planned (touch-down) site as per the images sent by the on-board camera of the orbiter. The lander is there as a single piece, not broken into pieces. It's in a tilted position.

'We - Efforts - Communication - Lander

'We are making all-out efforts to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander.'

Vikram was supposed to land on a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, which are around 70° south.

Rover - Pragyan - Weeks - Region - Studies

From there, the six-wheeled rover Pragyan would spend two weeks exploring an uncharted region and carrying out topographical studies, mineralogical analyses and other experiments in a bid to help the world gain a better understanding of the moon's origins.

ISRO said it chose to explore the south pole as it is possible there is water in the permanently shadowed areas, which could pave the way for future lunar habitation.

Head - India - Space - Agency - Efforts

Earlier, the head of India's space agency said that efforts were under way to establish communication with the lunar lander, admitting it must have had a 'hard landing'.

After what at first seemed a promising start to its descent, data for the Vikram began...
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