Just 2.1km short of the touchdown, Vikram lander loses contact with ISRO

By: Talat Mohsin

India had ventured to do something no country had done before- land on the moon’s south pole. But it’s attempt turned into failure when the robotic spacecraft diverged from its path and all communications with the lander was lost. The incident happened 13 minutes after the lander of the Chandrayaan 2 began it’s descent on the surface. The lander had reduced its velocity of 1.6 km/sec to half within the first 7 minutes and had come down to an altitude of 7 km.

ISRO chief Kailasavavadivoo Sivan confirmed the news and also added that the data from the lander has been analyzed and that the bump will not end in the failure of the Chandrayaan 2 mission. Prime minister Modi interacted with chief Sivan on Saturday and also addressed the ISRO team, saying- “When ISRO has it’s an encyclopaedia of success, some hurdles cannot put its a flight out of trajectory. Learnings from today will make us stronger and better; there will be new dawn”.

The mission has been reported to be a 95% success, with the orbiter estimated to go around the moon for over a year. “ the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is healthy and safe in the lunar orbit”, an ISRO official said.

President Kovind lauded the team for their efforts by saying that the entire team of ISRO has shown exemplary commitment and courage. The whole country has reached out to ISRO and has commended them for their work. Some of the reactions are as follows:

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