After several tense minutes as the expected landing time came and went, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan announced that communication with the lander had been lost.
While thanking ISRO, the Prime Minister said India was certain that there would be many more opportunities to be proud of the country and rejoice. "It takes time. We are not sure", Karnik said on being asked if the Vikram lander had crashed. The orbiter carries eight scientific payloads for mapping the lunar surface and study the exosphere (outer atmosphere) of the Moon. I said this earlier today, and I am repeating it again - I am with you, the whole nation is with you.
Scientists believe that large amounts of water are in the South Pole, and Chandrayaan 2 will explore further how much there might be. In the early hours of Saturday, communication from Vikram lander to ground stations was lost during its powered descent to the Lunar surface, and ISRO said data is being analysed. Lastly, it could be a suitable pit stop for future space missions, due to its elemental and positional advantages.
Later, Sivan made the announcement that communication was lost with the lander, while Modi boosted the morale of the scientists asking them not to lose hope.
India's ambitious lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 is scheduled to make a soft landing on the surface of the moon on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday between 1:30 am and 2:30 am. India's space scientists had a narrow one-minute window for their second attempt at launching the moon mission, a week after the mission was aborted 56 minutes before lift-off. Let us move with courage.
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If the lander had pulled off the historic touchdown, the country could have joined the US, Russia and China in soft landing on the lunar surface.
"ISRO's achievement with getting Chandrayaan-2 so far has made every Indian proud".
Space scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation spent almost six hours analyzing various data and telemetry they received before communication with the spacecraft was lost at an altitude of roughly 2 kilometers above the moon's surface. The mission involved an impact probe that was created to collide with the lunar surface to disperse materials for remote measurement by the orbiter. However, the Chandrayaan-1 was successful in achieving at least 95 per cent of its objectives.
Rahul Gandhi also took to Twitter to say, "Congratulations to the team at Isro for their incredible work on the Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission".