Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander was scheduled to touch the moonland on 7th September at 1:52 am IST. But Vikram Lander lost all connections just 2.1 Km short of landing. However, the orbiter continues to hover around the moon with all the instrument on board.
Isro chief K Sivan informed the countrymen about this mission and the difficulty the Chandrayaan 2 faced during the last moments of the landing of Vikram Lander. He said, “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 were lost”.
The Lander carried three scientific payloads to conduct the scientific experiments, and the rover carried two payloads to understand the lunar surface. Chandrayaan 2 was an ambitious project from ISRO and the last few moments when scientist lost the connection with Vikram Lander was full of anxiety.
The Prime Minister of India was present at ISRO Bengaluru to watch moon landing, but when it could not happen, the PM talked to the scientist presented there and motivated them. The country was awake with ISRO to watch and celebrate their success, but the disappointed faces of the scientists revealed their grief about the loss of connection.
People of India used all the social media platforms to appreciate the efforts of ISRO. People tweets to tell the ISRO that how much they are proud of them. Not only the Indians but the President and the celebrities too hail the ISRO. The Prime Minister of India who was presented at the ISRO till 2 am on 7 Sep reached to the same center again in the morning at 8 am to appreciate the hard work and dedication of ISRO scientists.
Though the world could not witness a soft landing of Vikram lander, hope is not lost yet, and ISRO scientists are analyzing the telemetric data of Vikram’s descent trajectory.A successful touchdown of Chandrayaan 2 would have made India the 4th country in the world to achieve a soft landing on Moon after Russia, the US, and China and first one to land on the south pole of the moon.