Almost half of the nation stayed awake last night to witness the landing of Chandrayaan-2 on the lunar surface. Well, when the Vikram lander was just about 2 kilometers from the Moon’s surface when the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with the rover.
Everyone from across the globe is lauding the ISRO for even trying to the unfold the stories of the moon, which no one has ever tried to do with such a minimal budget. It was a highly complex mission, which aimed to study not only a part of the moon, but all areas of the moon including the exosphere, the sub-surface and the surface. Chandrayaan-2 travelled 3,84,397.9 km, whereas it had to travel 3,84,400 kms.
The globe was glued to India’s second mission to the moon and is lauding India for its efforts. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared their views on Chandrayaan – 2 through a tweet.
The tweet reads, Space is hard. We commend ISRO’s attempt to land their #Chandrayaan2 mission on the Moon’s South Pole. You have inspired us with your journey and look forward to future opportunities to explore our solar system together.
Space is hard. We commend @ISRO’s attempt to land their #Chandrayaan2 mission on the Moon’s South Pole. You have inspired us with your journey and look forward to future opportunities to explore our solar system together. https://t.co/pKzzo9FDLL
— NASA (@NASA) September 7, 2019
The Chandrayaan 2 orbiter is intact and it’s safely operating in the lunar orbit and the orbiter has the mission life of one year and the payloads can even conduct remote sensing observations up from a 100km orbit, as told by an ISRO official.