Communications from Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander to Isro’s ground station was lost before touchdown. As a result, Isro cancelled the press conference which was scheduled to take place after the touchdown.
In a huge disappointment, communications from Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander to Isro’s ground station was lost before touchdown while the nation eagerly awaited its soft landing on the hitherto unexplored lunar south pole in the early hours of Saturday.
Isro cancelled the press conference which was scheduled to take place after Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander’s touchdown.
However, Isro officials addressed the media and in a statement said, “Vikram lander descent was as planned. Normal performance was observed up to 2.1 km. Subsequently communication was lost. Data is being analysed. Planned press conference is called off.”
Addressing the scientists after the link with Chandrayaan-2 lander was snapped, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Nation is proud of you, be courageous.”
As the powered descent of the lander began at around 1.38 am, scientists at Isro Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) were glued to their terminals, anticipating the soft landing.
They clapped and cheered as the Moon lander completed the rough braking phase before the fine braking phase started.
It was then that the scientists started becoming tense and went into a huddle.
Isro Chairman K Sivan was seen engaged in intense discussions with some scientists.
Soon he announced that the Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance observed upto altitude of 2.1 km.
Subsequently communications from lander to ground station was lost, he said, adding the data was being analysed.
The prime minister said, “They’ve (scientists) given their best and have always made India proud.” PM Modi also interacted with students and answered questions.
Source : India Today