Communication lost with Vikram Lander
September 7, 2019
India's lunar mission Chandrayaan-2's Vikram Lander lost contact with the ground station when it was about to descent on the moon's surface.
The Vikram lander was scheduled to land on the moon at 1.53 am today and completed various successful stages before it stopped communicating.
As per the Indian Space Research Organisation-ISRO Chief K Sivan, Vikram lander was working normal and as per the plan till an altitude of 2.1 km from the lunar surface after which communication between lander and ground station was lost.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at the ISRO mission control room to witness the historic movement and tweeted after the news broke about contact loss.
"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."
ISRO is trying to analyze the data to ascertain if the lander was successful in making a soft landing on the surface of the moon or not. A successful landing would have made India the fourth country after the United States, Russia and China to successfully land on the Moon.
Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, "ISRO's achievement with getting Chandrayaan-2 so far has made every Indian proud. India stands with our committed and hardworking scientists at @isro . My best wishes for future endeavours."
"Congratulations to the team at ISRO for their incredible work on the Chandrayaan 2 Moon mission. Your passion and dedication is an inspiration to every Indian. Your work is not in vain. It has laid the foundation for many more path breaking and ambitious Indian space missions," tweeted Rahul Gandhi