The space agency said these pictures of the lunar surface were taken on August 23 by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 of Chandrayaan-2 from an altitude of about 4,375 km. In a statement ISRO said: "Professor David Tirrell, Provost of California Institute of Technology, USA visited ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore and met K. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space (DOS) on September 11, 2019".
This comes after ISRO Chairman K Sivan had told ANI on Sunday that the Chandryaan-2 orbiter has clicked a thermal image of the Lander. A NASA source confirmed this. After 14 Earth days, on September 20-21, when there is a night on the moon, all hopes of reconnecting with Vikram will end.
"#DSN 24 beams 12KW of RF at the #Moon in hopes of stimulating #Chandrayaan2's lander #VikramLander into communicating with home".
"Here's a eerie recording of the searcher's signal reflected off the Moon and back to Earth via EME (Earth Moon Earth) on 2103.7MHz". Chandrayaan 2 Launched Successfully: Shah Rukh Khan, R Madhavan, Akshay Kumar and Others Congratulate ISRO on their Achievement. "India failed. Chandrayaan-2", wrote Veena.
The Lander Vikram was to soft-land on the far side of the moon at on September 7. Concurrently, the United States has pledged to set up lunar laboratories in the near future, while Europe and Russian Federation have also revealed plans to launch multifaceted missions.
"We are going to land at a place for the first time on the south pole and NASA has already announced the project of a having human habitat type of thing on the south pole". This is because Nasa has plans to send a manned mission to the south pole by 2024 under its Artemis programme and it wants to enrich its knowledge about that region to plan its mission better. Second, Nasa is expecting a lot of significant data from the Chandrayaan-2's orbiter, which is loaded with eight advanced payloads. For years, India has had its sights set on joining the U.S., the Soviet Union, and China in the elite group of nations that have landed on the Moon.