After the Chandrayaan-2 mission took a turn for the worst, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) are investigating the cause of communication loss with the Vikram lander.
Kailasavadivoo Siran, the chairperson of the ISRO, claims to Asian News International, “We have the location of the Vikram on the lunar surface and the orbiter has clicked a thermal image of the lander. We are trying to establish contact. It will be communicating soon. It is premature to say anything.”
The Chandrayaan-2 mission was India’s second mission to the moon in search of lunar water and to study the variations in lunar surface composition. The original objective was for the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter to drop a lander named Vikram at the lunar south pole on September 7. However, the ISRO lost communications with the Vikram when it veered from its path 2.1 kilometers from the moon’s surface.
Soon after on September 10, the Vikram lander was found by the orbiter, but it still wasn’t communicating with home. The orbiter continued to perform scheduled science experiments, but sadly the Vikram will not be able to participate.
Despite the tragic failure, India stayed positive.
“ The ISRO is recognized by the world as one of the greatest space agencies,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed to the nation. “No matter where I travel, the name that ISRO has created for itself is something that makes the nation proud of you all.”
The ISRO have taken this to heart as they plan to send an astronaut to space in 2022.They will be the fourth country in the world to send a man to space if they succeed. For now, it’s time to pay our respects to the Chandrayaan-2 mission as this will not be the last we hear from India.