Chandrayaan2 Live Updates: ISRO lost communication with lander

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Chandrayaan-2 Landing Live Updates: Hours after India’s dream of landing a spacecraft on moon remained unfulfilled, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in its latest update said, “90-95 per cent of mission objectives have been accomplished, notwithstanding the loss of communication with the Lander.”

Support poured in for India’s space agency as the nation stood together to appreciate its accomplishments despite failing to make a smooth soft-landing. The failure happened 13 minutes after the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 began its descent.

ISRO chief Sivan confirmed that communication with the lander had been lost and said that data has been analysed. Though the expected soft-landing of the Vikram lander was not accomplished, the Chandrayaan-2 mission is far from over. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had joined the scientists 15 minutes before the descent began, was briefed by a sombre Sivan on the development. “When ISRO has its encyclopedia of success, some hurdles cannot put its flight out of trajectory. Learnings from today will make us stronger and better; there will be a new dawn,” PM Modi had told the ISRO team.