ISRO has lost communication with Vikram, lander of Chandrayaan-2. This has led to heartbreaks across the world, but people are still waiting for a surprise as ISRO Chairman kept it open-ended saying that the data was being analysed.
The communication was lost as the lander was descending towards the Moon early on Saturday and was at an altitude of 2.1 km over the moon's South Pole where it was due to land, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan announced after a period of silence among the scientists monitoring its course.
It is learnt the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at the space agency's telemetry, tracking and command network (Istrac) are analyzing the issue to check the problem.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen consoling the scientists at ISRO who toiled hard for this day.
Here's what ISRO Chairman K Sivan said:
"The powered descent of the lander Vikram has been normal till reaching the altitude of 2.51 km. Subsequently, the communication from the Lander was lost. The reason is being analysed."
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked ISRO Chief K Sivan to "be courageous" after it was made clear that scientists have lost contact with Vikram, the lander. PM Modi tried to shed away the gloom after Chandrayaan 2 mission diverted from its path during touchdown. PM urged the ISRO scientists to not lose hope and that the country is proud of what they had achieved.
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!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 6, 2019
Chairman @isro gave updates on Chandrayaan-2. We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme.