Chandrayaan-2: Communication lost with Vikram Lander

Yesterday, every Indian was eagerly waiting for Chandrayaan-2 to land on the Moon but suddenly the team of scientists in the control room lost the communication from the lander. At around 1:40 am, Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram commenced its descent on to the lunar surface where it successfully completed the rough braking phase and entered the fine breaking mode. But when the Vikram lander was only 4 kilometers away from its landing to the moon, the scientists in the ISRO control center came to know that something had gone wrong.

And then at around 2:18 am, ISRO Chief K Sivan confirmed that contact with Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander had been lost. He also said that Vikram performed its descent as it was supposed to until the moment it lost contact when it was 2.1 kilometers above the lunar surface. However, Scientists are trying to retrieve communication from the lander.

“Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1km. Subsequently, the communication from the lander to ground stations was lost,” ISRO Chairman K Sivan said.

Moreover, ISRO is trying to collect and analyze the data from Vikram’s descent and the space agency is examining telemetric data from the Chandrayaan-2 lander’s decent trajectory, the final emissions, and signals sent by the lander. ISRO is also planning to use the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter to map Vikram’s landing site to seek for signs on the fate of the lander.

PM Modi in a tweet said, “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! Isro chairman gave updates on Chandrayaan-2. We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme.”

PM Narendra Modi assured support to the Indian Space Research Organisation’s scientists and told them to be courageous. “There will be a new dawn and a brighter tomorrow very soon. There is no failure in science, only experiment and efforts,” said PM Modi.


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