Bengaluru: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has lost communication with its Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission on Thursday, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation said, in a setback to the nation’s ambitious plan to land an unmanned probe near the south pole of the moon.
India had hoped to create history by becoming the first nation to reach closest to the lunar south pole but as the landing time of 1:55 am came and went, there were no signs that the mission had succeeded.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was watching the landing from the mission control room, was briefed by ISRO scientists. “There are ups and downs in life. This is not a small achievement. The nation is proud of you. You all have done a big service to nation, science and mankind. I am with you all the way, move forward bravely,” he told the scientists at ISRO. Later addressing the nation Modi said: “We came very close but we will need to cover more ground. The best is yet to come… India is with you.”
The Chandrayaan-2, which translates as “moon vehicle” in Sanskrit, took off on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. — Agencies