Chandrayaan 2 is one of the biggest space mission for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). It was supposed to land on Moon’s south pole on September 7 between 1:30 am and 2:30 am, but things didn’t go quite well at very last moment. Read furthermore for details.
ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2 was launched in August this year, and after that, all the stages completed correctly. Chandrayaan 2‘s Orbiter and Lander also successfully separated on the right time, and the Lander proceeded towards the Lunar surface as planned. However, at the very last moment, Lander Vikram changed trajectory and lost connection to the earth when it was just 2.1 Kilometer away from Moon’s surface.
ISRO Chairman announced that Lander had lost connection and they are trying to get it back as soon as possible.
According to ISRO experts, the Lander carries the hover. The hover’s communication connected to Lander’s and Lander’s attached to the orbiter. The orbiter was supposed to send those signals to earth. The orbiter is working correctly in Lunar Orbit, but if Lander has crashed, it can’t send a surface report to ground.
This event is not a completed failure of mission as 90% experiments were to be carried by Orbiter for one year and Lander was supposed to last for only 14 days. The orbiter is working great and will keep sending updates for one year.
PM Narendra Modi Says India Stands With ISRO
“You are the ones who live for the country. You are the ones who sacrifice your own dreams and spend sleepless nights to keep India’s head high,” PM Modi said during his interaction with the ISRO scientists at Bengaluru.
“Last night, I could understand your state of mind. I could read the sadness on your faces; you haven’t slept for nights,” the Prime Minister said.
On a Saturday morning, in a bid to boost the morale of ISRO scientists, Modi said, “I have lived the moment with you when communication with spacecraft was lost. Our courage has become stronger. Our determination to touch Moon has become even stronger. We came very close, but we need to cover more ground.”
“Learnings from today will make us stronger and better; there will be a new dawn,” he added.
“You came as close as you could. I also salute the families of our space scientists. I can proudly say that the efforts were worth it, and so was the journey. Our team tried hard and travelled far, and we will look back at the journey with great satisfaction, the learning from today will make us stronger and better. There will be a new dawn and brighter tomorrow very soon,” he said.
“We will rise to the occasion and scale newer heights of success. To our scientists, I want to say- India is with you! You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress,” he said.
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