The Vikram lander was supposed to be the first Indian spacecraft to land on the moon, but things didn’t exactly turn out as expected. The spaceship left Earth on July 22 with hopes of making Indian history by being the first one in the country to touch the lunar surface. However, after 48 days of travelling through space, the Vikram lander landed on September 6. But, days after its landing, the astronaut still hasn’t established contact with the space station, making scientists pessimistic about the success of the mission.
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. Currently, efforts are underway to try to reestablish contact with it, the head of the nation’s space agency said.
Now, officials at the Indian space agency ISRO reportedly believe that the Vikram lander died on impact with the lunar surface on September 6, as it was meant to touch down near the moon’ southpole.The Times of India reported on September 20 that the team analyzing the mission’s failure believes that it was caused by an error in the spacecraft’s automatic landing program. For now, India’s first attempt to land on the moon appears to have failed. A successful landing would have made India the fourth country to land a vessel on the lunar surface, and only the third to operate a robotic rover there.