India Says It Has Located Chandrayaan-2 Lander on Moon’s Surface

NewYork Times

A day after India lost contact with a robotic spacecraft that was launched toward the moon’s South Pole, the chairman of the country’s space agency said on Sunday that the lander had been detected on the moon’s surface.

K. Sivan, the director of the Indian Space Research Organization, told Asian News International that a thermal image had been taken by the Chandrayaan-2 mission’s orbiter. He said it was still unclear whether the lander was damaged, though he expected it had had a “hard landing.”