The Indian Space Research Organisation lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lander minutes before it was to land on the Moon. The heartbreaking moment left Isro scientists visibly distraught. Isro chief K Sivan confirmed that the space agency lost communications with Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander moments before it was to land near the south pole of the Moon. Vikram’s performance up until the moment contact was lost was perfectly normal, Sivan said, adding that Isro was analysing data to figure out what happened.
What happened at Isro control room as Chandrayaan-2 lander lost touch
The mood at the Isro control room in Bengaluru quickly changed from jubilation to despair when scientists lost contact with the Chandaryaan-2 lander this morning. The lander Vikram was performing its descent manoeuvres as planned, and each step was met with loud cheers and claps. However, with minutes to go for touchdown, the mood at the Isro control centre quickly became sombre as Vikram stopped sending back data. Worry was writ large on the faces of the Isro scientists at the Bengaluru control centre as they waited and waited for Vikram to make contact.
PM Modi to address nation at 8am from Isro
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8am from Isro’s control centre in Bengaluru. This address comes in the wake of Isro losing contact with Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2. Earlier in the morning, PM Modi said India is proud of Isro scientists.
Isro scientist Deviprasad Karnik who spoke to reporters gathered at the media tent at the Isro centre in Bengaluru said that the space is agnecy is “not sure” if the Chandrayaan-2 lander crashed. “Data is being analysed. We don’t have any result yet. It takes time. We are not sure,” Karnik said on being asked if the Vikram lander had crashed.