Close yet far, this is how the fate of Chandrayaan-2 was decided when lander Vikram descended towards the moon as planned and reached up to an altitude of 2.1 km. But subsequently, the lander was lost and since then there has not been any communication with it. ISRO chairperson K Sivan asserted that the space agency was trying to analyze data.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was closely monitoring lander Vikram’s movement told the team that they need to be courageous. This morning also, addressing a team of the scientists that led India’s second mission to the moon, PM said the nation was with them.
He said the country’s determination to touch moon has become even stronger and more needs to be covered. To lighten the mood of low-spirited scientists, the Prime Minister said there will be new dawn and learnings from today will make them stronger and better.
Addressing the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation in Bengaluru, Modi said nation’s determination to touch moon has become even stronger and underlined that best of ISRO was yet to be unveiled adding that one failure could not shatter India’s will to touch lunar surface.
He said despite failure, the efforts manoeuvred by the space agency were worth looking at. The team toiled hard to achieve where they have reached. The nation will rise to the occasion and scale newer heights of success and determination, added Modi.
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Further, he urged ISRO to not lose hope and continue its efforts reiterating that resilience and tenacity were central to India’s ethos.
Chandrayaan-2 could not accomplish its objective to inch closer to lunar surface after lander Vikram failed to make a soft landing. The scientists lost communication contact 13 minutes after Vikram set off to descend to touch the moon.
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