India’s Chandrayaan-2 Mission to Attempt Historic Moon Landing

India’s Chandrayaan-2 Mission to Attempt Historic Moon Landing

India’s Chandrayaan-2 Mission to Attempt Historic Moon Landing

Later, ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan announced that the powered descent of the lander Vikram has been normal till reaching the altitude of 2.1 km and that subsequently, the communication from the Lander was lost.

"The data is being analysed", he added at the Mission Operations Complex at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru as disappointment was writ large on the faces of ISRO scientists.

After the apparent mishap, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "India is proud of our scientists!"

While the significance of the Chandrayaan-2 can not be understated, it's important to recall at this juncture the contribution made by Chandrayaan-1 to India's space mission. Multiple maneuvers were then conducted to make sure the lander was in the right position to achieve a soft landing in a high plain region between the Manzinus C and Simpelius N caters (located around 70° latitude South).

The spacecraft also carries an orbiter, lander and a rover, all nearly entirely designed and made in India. "Your efforts will go on and I am completely with you". Besides this, the spacecraft also found water ice in the North polar region of the Moon as well as detected Magnesium, Aluminium and Silicon on its surface.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his support for the fine work done by ISRO scientists so far and he asked them not to lose hope.

The mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22.

"Be courageous. Let's hope for the best".

India was aiming to join the United States, Soviet Union/Russia and China as the only nations to have soft-landed on the moon. They've given their best and have always made India proud.

If Vikram failed, however, it'd mark the second time a lunar-landing spacecraft has crashed into the moon this year.

Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram began its descent on to the surface of the Moon as planned but soon after, ISRO scientists revealed that contact with the lander had been lost.

According to the ISRO, there have been 38 soft landing attempts on the Moon to date, with a success rate of 52 per cent - not counting Chandrayaan 2.

The lander carried three scientific payloads to conduct surface and sub-surface science experiments.

He also pointed out that the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter continued to do its job perfectly, orbiting the moon.

Saturday's disappointing lunar mission comes a little more than a decade after India launched the Chandrayaan-1, a satellite that fired a projectile into the moon's South Pole in search of water.

Chandrayaan-2 is out and about and set to create history tonight!

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