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.