“We are confident that when it comes to our space programs, the best is yet to come”, said Modi, encouraging the room full of scientists in Bengaluru, after they lost communication with the Vikram Lander, minutes before the attempted soft landing on the south pole of the moon.
“India is with you. You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress,” Modi added to boost their morale.
The mood turned gloomy at the ISRO control room and viewing gallery in the wee hours of Saturday after ‘Chandrayaan-2’ lost contact at an altitude of 2.1 km from the surface of the moon. Till then, everything was reported to be going fine.
Although its fate on the lunar south pole is uncertain, Chandrayaan-2 managed to successfully separate its orbiter from the vehicle which will conduct experiments for the next one year from the lunar orbit.
The rover from the mission was expected to confirm the findings of Chandrayaan-1, in-situ among other missions.