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Fact check: Don't fall for these fake viral images of Chandrayaan-2's vikram lander

By Shreya

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.

Image credit: Twitter

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.

Chandrayaan 2: ISRO's 'Vikram' lander not broken, now lying in a tilted position

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.'

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.

    ISRO spots Vikram Lander on lunar surface, orbiter captures image

    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.

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