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ISRO's Chandrayaan 2 loses contact with lunar lander 2.1 km short of moon

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ISRO's Chandrayaan 2 loses contact with lunar lander 2.1 km short of moon
07 September, 2019
India's dreams of becoming the first nation to land a robotic mission at the Moon's south pole came crashing down on Saturday as the Chandrayaan-2's lander Vikram lost contact with the ground stations when it was 2.1 km from the moon’s surface.

“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 analysed,” ISRO said on its official Twitter handle.

Speaking about the development, ISRO Chief K Sivan said that Vikram lander descent went as planned and normal performance was observed upto altitude of 2.1 kilometres when it stopped sending the data. "Subsequently communications from lander to ground station was lost. The data is being analysed," Sivan added.

Witness to this tragic turn was Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, who had rushed in to watch the mission’s success late last night. He said ups and downs were part of megaprojects and said Isro will taste success soon.

“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,” PM Modi said in an inspiring tweet.

Launched on July 22, Chandrayaan-2 entered the Moon's orbit on 20 August, a month after take-off. The touchdown of Vikram lander was scheduled between 1:30 am and 2:30 am, followed by the rollout of its rover named ‘Pragyaan’ between 5:30 am and 6.30 am.

Chandrayaan-2 was the most complex mission ever attempted by the India's space agency. Had the landing gone as planned, India would have become the first country to the land a mission on the south pole of the Moon.

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