Fact check: Don't fall for these fake viral images of Chandrayaan-2's vikram lander
New Delhi, Sep 09: The news of Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander being located on the lunar surface by ISRO on Sunday has lent a ray of hope among Indians of the space agency re-establishing contact with the module, with many of them expressing their emotions on social media, while keeping their fingers crossed.
From Twitter to Facebook, netizens expressed a range of sentiments - pride, curiosity, hope and patriotism and many shared pictures of the lander or the Indian tricolour.
Riding big on the Chandrayaan-2 development, several pictures of the "Vikram lander spotted" started trending on Twitter.
The images were also were attributed wrogly to "being released ISRO Chief K.Sivan."
Jonathan O'Callaghan, a space journalist, has pointed out that these images are fake. A quick fact check of the image also leads you to the 'Apollo 16 landing site.'
So much misinformation being shared about the #VikramLander at the moment. For one, this image being shared is not a picture of the lander. It is the Apollo 15 lunar landing site. pic.twitter.com/S6XYiDKafr— Jonathan O’Callaghan (@Astro_Jonny) September 8, 2019
Not losing hope, the Indian Space Research Organisation continued to make all-out efforts to establish link with Chandrayaan 2's 'Vikram' lander, now lying on the lunar surface after a hard-landing.
Vikram, with rover 'Pragyan' housed inside it, hit the lunar surface after communication with the ground-stations was lost during its final descent, just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, in the early hours of Saturday.
Chandrayaan 2 comprises an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan). The mission life of the lander and rover is one Lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days.