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Will Vikram lander attempt another landing? Definitely, says ISRO chief

New Delhi

Determined to get Vikram lander on moon’s south pole, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan on Saturday weighed in on the second landing attempt of Vikram lander on the moon’s south pole, after the first could not find success.
Replying to media’s query if the ISRO would attempt another landing on the moon’s south pole, Sivan replied, “Definitely.”
“We want to demonstrate the technology for Vikram lander’s landing. We are working on plan of action on how to go ahead for Vikram Lander’s landing,” the ISRO chief informed media. He was in the national capital to attend IIT-Delhi’s 50th convocation ceremony.
What was supposed to be India’s first soft landing on the moon, Chandrayaan-2 ended in failure when the robotic Vikram lander seemingly crashed into the lunar surface.
If it had been successful, India would have become the fourth country to land a spacecraft intact on the moon.
Vikram was to land on the moon and deploy the six-wheeled rover Pragyaan.
Pragyaan, India’s first rover on the moon, would have explored the lunar surface for one lunar day (around 14 earth days).