India’s second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2’s Lander Vikram, lost communication with the ground station at an altitude of 2.1 kilometers from the Lunar surface, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K. Sivan.
Vikram was scheduled to land on the moon surface at around 01:55 a.m. (Indian Standard Time).
However, as no data could be received from the Rover “Pragyan” even after several minutes had passed, the atmosphere turned somber inside the ISRO control room.
ISRO chief rushed to brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was present on the occasion to watch the landing process, to brief him about the loss of communication with the Lander.
Later, Modi tweeted that India was proud of its scientists, and that the country will continue with its space program.
“India is proud of our scientists! They’ve given their best and have always made India proud. These are moments to be courageous, and courageous we will be! ISRO Chairman gave updates on Chandrayaan-2. We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme,” Modi wrote.
Sivan made a short statement after the lander lost contact, saying that “As planned, normal performance was observed until altitude of 2.1 km. Then communication from lander to ground station was lost. The data is being analysed.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi consoled scientists saying that they need to be courageous and continue to work on their missions.
“I have seen sadness on your face, but this is not a small achievement.
The country is proud of you.
This effort of yours has taught many things. I have been told by scientists, if the communication comes back, then we will get a lot. Hope for the best. My best wishes are with you. You have served the country, you have served humanity. Going forward, I’m with you, let’s move forward with courage. With your efforts, the country will rejoice again. Wish you all the best,” Modi told the Isro scientists.
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