On Saturday, India lost contact with a spacecraft it was trying to land on the moon, as per the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Chandrayaan-2 , India’s failed mission to the moon is a setback to the ambitious plan of our neighbors to become the first country to examine the unexplored lunar south pole.
India’s Chandrayaan-2 moon mission lander was trying for a “soft,” or controlled, landing near the south pole of the moon. It is the place where scientists believe that there can be water ice.
Just as the spacecraft was about to land on the moon, ISPR lost communication.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan addressed a room full of distraught scientists at the agency’s tracking center in Bengaluru and said, “Data is being analyzed.”
ISRO official said, “Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from Lander to the ground stations was lost.”
The lander was named after the father of India’s space program, Vikram Sarabhai. As the control station was unable to get any signal from the lander, the scientists got tensed up.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “There are ups and downs in life … What you have accomplished is no small achievement.”
The Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry termed the Indian spacecraft as ‘toy’ and said the spacecraft must have landed in Mumbai.
Considering the ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India over Kashmir, India needs to focus on the human rights violation going on in Kashmir rather than failed missions.
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