As proud Indians, all of us were waiting for the success of Mission Chandrayan 2 for more than two months and the lander, Vikram, was supposed to land on the moon’s surface on the previous night. The reason most Indians could not sleep last night is the eagerness to watch the live landing. Most of us including the ISRO Chairman, Kailasavadivoo Sivan were disappointed after the space agency lost their connection with the lander Vikram which is named after the renowned scientist and astronomer Vikram Sarabhai. The moment when the connection was lost was indeed depressing, as it alarmed everyone if the mission had failed. But the after a few hours of of investigation, the ISRO Team has confirmed of the safety of orbiter.
“Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km.”
Mission Chandrayan 2 Latest News: PM Modi Consoled ISRO Chairman
— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2019
“The orbiter is healthy, intact, functioning normally and safely in the Lunar Orbit,” the official said after the investigations.
The heartbreaking time came when the space agency lost their contact with the lander just a few moments before the landing. The news at first shocked everyone and resulted in the breakdown of Chairman K. Sivan. The Indian PM Narendra Modi Consoled the chairman with his motivating words. The PM said that India is proud of its scientists, and hugged him. The ISRO scientists had made all efforts to ensure a smooth landing, but were afraid after the connection was lost. The PM addressed the nation on twitter and expressed how efficient our space agencies are. He said:
“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!”
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!
Chairman @isro gave updates on Chandrayaan-2. We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 6, 2019
Mission Chandrayan 2 Has Not Failed
ISRO might have lost the contact with the Lander, or the Rover, but it does not mark the failure of mission Chandrayan 2. There are speculations of the failure of Vikram, the lander, but there is no confirmation if it has crashed or something.
Now, coming to the main point, the failure of the lander does not mark the failure of entire mission. The Spacecraft consisted three major segments including the Orbiter, Lander, and the Rover. The lander, Vikram and the rover, Pragyan are only the five percent of the experiment, but the remaining 95%, is the Orbiter, and it is still there. It’s safe, and is successfully orbiting the moon. So the Mission Chandrayan 2 has not failed.
“If Vikram failed to land – which it looks like – REMEMBER the ORBITER is where 95% of the experiments are. The Orbiter is safely in Lunar orbit and performing its mission. This is not a total failure. Not at all.
If Vikram failed to land – which it looks like – REMEMBER the ORBITER is where 95% of the experiments are. The Orbiter is safely in Lunar orbit and performing its mission. This is not a total failure. Not at all. #Chandrayaan2 #India #MoonLanding #VikramLander
— Chris G – NSF (@ChrisG_NSF) September 6, 2019
The entire nation is applauding the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for their efforts which made India the first ever country to enter the moon from the South Pole. The entire nation is boosting their morale after losing 5% of the mission.
The mission is still successful as it was planned because the orbiter is still there, and has a life of one year. It is capable of sending images of the Moon as well as of the lander and rover, to ensure their safety.
“Journey of #Chandrayan2 is India is proud of @isro and its team of scientists. The ISRO’s mission to reach the Moon is bound to succeed… Their courage and commitment will ultimately make it successful. I wish team ISRO a great success in their future Endeavours.” – Said Rajnath Singh, the defense minister of India.
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India is proud of @isro and its team of scientists. The ISRO’s mission to reach the Moon is bound to succeed.
Their courage and commitment will ultimately make it successful. I wish team ISRO a great success in their future endeavours.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 7, 2019