The fate of Indian lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 changed during the with in hours of Saturday night. The rejoicing atmosphere at the ISRO centre was filled with despair when Chandrayaan lander Vikram lost touch minutes before it landed on the moon.
At around 2:00 a.m. when the entire nation was glued to the screens watching the live visuals the air in the ISRO control room at Bengaluru was filled with silence when Chandrayaan lander Vikram was descending on the south pole of the moon surface and lost touch when he was just 2.1 kilometers away from the moon. The audience could not figure out what has happened by looking at the worried faces of the scientists till Isro Chief K Sivan announced that contact with Chandrayaan 2’ Vikram has been lost.
ISRO has said that they do not know if the lander carrying six wheeled rover Pragyaan has crashed or not.
The team of ISRO has been highly appreciated for their achievement. PM Narendra Modi being present at ISRO centre early morning was seen consoling K Sivan who broke down into tears. The hardwork and dedication of ISRO team is now talk of the town. Social media is filled with congratulatory messages from people across the country.
As per the recent updates given by one of the ISRO officials, Chandrayaan 2 orbiter is intact, functioning normally and safely in lunar orbit. Chandrayaan 2 is so close yet so far. PM Modi said, “Our determination to touch moon has become even stronger, we came very close but we need to cover more ground.”
President Ramnath Kovind further commented,” We covered 3.84 lakh kilometres journey successfully, only 2.1 kilometres were left. The distance left is negligible on such a huge scale. It is such a huge achievement”.
We congratulate ISRO team for their efforts in the Chandrayaan 2 mission and let us hope for the best. For more updates stay tuned to NewswithChai.com.