The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 just minutes before it was scheduled to land on the Moon. ISRO is now attempting to make contact with the spacecraft after analysing the lander’s descent. The spacecraft was attempting to land on the south pole of the Moon.
ISRO’s chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan confirmed that contact with Chandrayaan-2 has been lost.
Mr Sivan said the Vikram lander was descending on the Moon’s surface as planned.
The spacecraft’s performance was normal until it was 2.1 kilometres above the surface.
Mr Sivan said at this point “lander to ground station was lost”.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi left ISRO shortly after they lost contact with the spacecraft.
Mr Modi told ISRO before he left, “be courageous”.
He continued: “There are ups and downs in life… the country is proud of you.”
An ISRO official has since called off a press conference with the media.
The Indian Congress also tweeted out over ISRO’s moon mission.
They said: “The nation stands by the entire team of Isro as we wait in these tense times.
“Your hard work and commitment has made our nation proud.”
Chandrataan-2’s lander Vikram houses a six-wheeled rover called Pragyaan which was due to explore the Moon’s surface for 14 Earth days.
The spacecraft also houses an orbiter which would revolve around the Moon for around a year.
Published at Fri, 06 Sep 2019 21:21:00 +0000