The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s Chandrayaan-2 Lunar mission was lauded by the Indian cricket fraternity despite the lander Vikram failing to make a soft landing on the moon’s surface. The lander lost contact with the control center just a few kilometers away from the supposed landing site.
“Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, the communications from the lander to ground stations was lost and data is being analyzed,” ISRO chief K Sivan was quoted as saying by India Today. The 1,471-kg lander of Chandrayaan-2 — first Indian mission to explore the lunar terrain with home-grown technology was named after the father of India’s space program Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.
The lander may have been lost to the ISRO along with its rover Pragyaan which was housed in it. “There is no communication with the lander. It’s as good as lost. There is no hope. Very, very difficult to re-establish contact,” an official connected to the mission was quoted as saying.
It was supposed to land on the moon in what is called a soft landing and perform functions for one lunar day which is equivalent of 14 Earth days. It’s designed to travel up to 500 meters from the landing spot on the Moon and leverage solar energy for its functioning.
It also had two payloads to conduct surface and subsurface scientific experiments while the rover carried two payloads to enhance the understanding of lunar surface. However, not everything has been lost to the ISRO mission, as the Lunar orbiter has managed to establish itself in the orbit of the Moon. It carries eight scientific payloads for mapping the lunar surface and study the exosphere (outer atmosphere) of the Moon. The orbiter has a mission life of a year.
The Indian cricket fraternity was supportive of the ISRO scientists and officials which were involved in the Chandrayaan-2 mission and lauded their efforts to take the lunar orbiter to the moon. Even PM Narendra Modi consoled the ISRO chief K Sivan and asked him to be courageous after being told of the travesty.
Here’s how the Indian cricketing fraternity reacted
India as a nation is extremely proud of the entire team at @ISRO for the incredible work put together for the mission of #Chandrayaan2.Massive respect for the Scientists who have put in a lot of hard work.
— Dhawal Kulkarni (@dhawal_kulkarni) September 7, 2019
So near, yet so far. But mighty proud of the efforts of @isro scientists for the #Chandrayaan2 mission. More power to you guys. Hum honge Kamyaab ek din.
— Siddharth Kaul (@sidkaul22) September 7, 2019
There's nothing like failure in science, we experiment & we gain. Massive respect for the scientists at #ISRO who worked relentlessly over days & nights. The nation is proud of you, Jai Hind! 🇮🇳 #Chandrayan2
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 7, 2019
Failure is the first step to success.
Our moon mission didn't pan out and that's alright. We tried our best. What a commendable effort by everyone at #ISRO you make us so, so proud. 🇮🇳#Chandrayaan2
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 7, 2019
We as a nation are extremely proud of the entire team at @ISRO for the incredible work put together for the mission of #Chandrayaan2. With hope and passion in our hearts let’s get up and do it again and never give up !
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) September 7, 2019
#ISRO #prideofindia pic.twitter.com/9Ez7qDF7bK
— ramesh powar (@imrameshpowar) September 7, 2019
As cricketers, we try to knock it out of the park but you @isro have shown us how you’ll keep increasing your boundaries. Keep inspiring! #ProudOfISRO 🇮🇳
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) September 7, 2019
Thank you to all the scientists at @isro for making us dream.. The whole nation is proud of you 🇮🇳 #ProudOfISRO
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) September 7, 2019
ऐ चाँद छू लेंगे तुझे भी जल्द ही, अभी ज़रा कुछ दिलों को छू लें!!!
These pictures defines India, defines humanity. Proud of you @narendramodi Sir and Mr K. Sivan @isro #Chandrayaan2Landing #ISRO pic.twitter.com/juxzKYIQMt
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 7, 2019
Salute the hard work and dedication of all the scientists at @isro. You’ve inspired us and made us proud. #Chandrayan2
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) September 7, 2019
Salute to the passion and dedication of the people @isro Incredibly proud of the achievements in attempting something that no other nation has tried before- landing on the moons South Pole. 🇮🇳🙌 Jai Hind !!! #chandrayan2 #ISRO pic.twitter.com/BQsrRiwStu
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) September 7, 2019
Koshish karne walo ki kabhi har nahi hoti.. we r very proud of you @isro and all our scientist..Hindustan Zindabad 🇮🇳
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 7, 2019
We started and we will reach the finish line…Proud of @isro proud of our 🇮🇳 #Chandrayaan2 #ISRO
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 7, 2019
We are proud of you team @isro for your ultimate hard work, you have not lost, you have gotten us further. Keep the dream alive.🙂 #Chandrayaan2
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) September 7, 2019
There is no such thing as failure. Only upwards and onwards from here 💪🏻We are proud of you @isro, we salute your hardwork and dedication in serving the nation. 🇮🇳 #JaiHind #Chandrayaan2
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) September 7, 2019
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