India had all hopes with the Chandrayaan 2 Mission, and 7th September was the day when the hard work and dedication of 1600 ISRO scientists was to be paid off.
Why Was The Lander Named Vikram?
The lander Vikram was supposed to come out of the Pragyaan Rover and capture the images from the moon’s surface.
But unfortunately, ISRO lost contact with the spacecraft lander Vikram who was 2.1 km away from the lunar surface. The contact got lost 17 minutes after the final descent towards the moon’s surface. This information was given by ISRO after analyzing the data.
This is Mission Control Centre. #VikramLander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from Lander to the ground stations was lost. Data is being analyzed.#ISRO
— ISRO (@isro) September 6, 2019
However, PM Modi was present at the ISRO centre consoled everyone and told not to lose hope. India has not lost the dream. This is still an achievement for India and we are all proud of the ISRO team.
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
The Chairperson of ISRO K Sivan couldn’t control his emotions while PM Modi tried to console him after the contact got lost with lander Vikram.
All the ambitious faces turned sad. We could clearly see the disappointment and sadness on their faces. The ISRO scientists worked dedicatedly sacrificing sleep, comfort and families to make Chandrayaan 2 mission successful.
Watch the video to see what happened at ISRO after the sad news was revealed.
Today at 8 AM, Narendra Modi decided to address the gathering of the scientists at Bengaluru.
Addressing our hardworking space scientists. Watch. https://t.co/rPRfGBQLJQ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 7, 2019
The planned Press Conference at ISRO was cancelled as of now. The officials reported to the media gathered saying-
“[The] Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed till 2.1 km altitude [above Moon’s surface]. Subsequently, communication was lost. Data is being analysed. The planned press conference is called off,” the official told reporters gathered at the Isro centre in Bengaluru.
What Is ISRO’S Next Step Now:
Indian Spaceand Research Organisation has got through many obstacles and the journey till here wasn’t easy. ISRO is examining the signals and trajectories sent by Lander Vikram to trace it’s the path.
Simultaneously, Isro is also making continuous efforts to get in touch with the Vikram lander and is also considering tapping into the global deep space network (a collection of radars and communication devices located around the world and used to maintain contact with spacecraft in space) to get more data.
ISRO has not lost hope and is still trying to use Chandrayaan 2 orbiter which continues to be in the moon’s orbit to track Vikram’s landing site. ISRO is trying hard to hunt for clues through the radars and sensor data received.
Twitter also showed love and support to ISRO:
ISRO’s achievement with getting Chandrayaan-2 so far has made every Indian proud.
India stands with our committed and hard working scientists at @isro.
My best wishes for future endeavours.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 6, 2019
— Congress (@INCIndia) September 6, 2019
Congratulations to the team at #ISRO for their incredible work on the Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission. Your passion & dedication is an inspiration to every Indian. Your work is not in vain. It has laid the foundation for many more path breaking & ambitious Indian space missions. 🇮🇳
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 6, 2019
What a phenomenal achievement!!!! We are there….. we shall remain hopeful and courageous and have no doubt that we will cover the last mile…..SOON
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) September 6, 2019
No. Such. Thing. As. Failure. In. Science. And. Exploration.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) September 6, 2019
— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) September 6, 2019
With no country reaching this close to the South Pole of the moon, India has already scripted history.
To all the scientists at ISRO, the nation is proud of y’all and bow down in gratitude.
However let us still be positive. Hoping for the very best. 🙏#Chandrayaan2Landing
— S.o.h.i.n.i🥀 (@sohudg) September 6, 2019
Thank you, #ISRO! For making us in India dream big, strive harder and aim higher. The journey of #Chandrayaan2 would always be remembered for the courage you all have shown to achieve the unthinkable. We are inching closer. The nation stands strong behind you always. @isro
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) September 6, 2019
One cannot even imagine his state of mind while announcing ‘The Communication was lost’ for #Chandrayaan2. They have all have given years for one dream. We all are proud of you @isro, We shall overcome. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/NslSUaUap1
— Bhaiyyaji (@bhaiyyajispeaks) September 6, 2019
We are all proud of the ISRO team. Our support and gratitude is always with them. We hope to get some update on Vikram lander.