This image of the lunar highlands comes from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. They need superhuman eyesight to recognize it, but India's downed Vikram Lander is in there somewhere. The lander attempted to land on the moon on September 6, but when he was only 2.1 km above the surface, the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) lost contact with the spacecraft within range of their target.
This mission was important to India. It was her first attempt to land gently on another world. The lander was paired with the Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter, which is in orbit and in operation.
The Vikram lander was to be placed between two craters: Simpelius N and Manzinus C, about 600 km from the south pole of the moon. On September 1
In the picture above, the lighting is not very good. It was taken by the LRO during a quickmap overflight of the site on September 17. The pictured area has a diameter of about 150 km. The area was in deep shade at that time, which could easily obscure the lander.
NASA says the LRO will drive over Vikrams landing site in October with more favorable light conditions. It is possible that Vikram is then visible.
When the Vikram lander was lost, its rover Pragyan was lost as well. Both Vikram and Pragyan should only operate for one lunar day or 14 Earth days, but it is still a loss to a nation seeking greater abilities in space and overall greater scientific abilities.
The Chandrayaan 2 orbiter is still in operation. On September 19, ISRO published this statement.
Chandrayaan-2 has a number of instruments that can be used to study the position and abundance of water in the south pole region of the Moon, as well as variations in the composition of the lunar surface. It is expected to continue and hopefully complete its seven-year mission.
ISRO does not give up Vikram yet. They are still trying to communicate with the lander, hoping to understand what went wrong. But now it is dark and there is no solar energy. According to ISRO, the hard crash could have damaged the lander and put it out of service, or the antennas could be misaligned.