ISRO Chandrayaan-2 Setback will give a new hope: PM Modi to ISRO scientists
ISRO Chandrayaan 2 landing: It was a huge disappointment for the entire nation as communication with lander Vikram was lost in the last minute. ISRO chief K Sivan released a message to the media that Vikram lander descent was going as planned. Normal performance was observed up to 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication was lost. All the collected data is being analysed. He also called off the planned press conference.
However, the encouraging words came from PM Modi who said that the best is yet to come in our space programme. India is with you. ISRO confirmed that it lost contact seconds before the ship was expected to land.
Vikram was needed to decrease its speed from 21,000 km per hour to 500 to 900 km per hour. If lander Vikram could manage to make a soft landing on the lunar surface, India would have become the fourth country in the world to do so. It is also important to know that only 37% soft landings have been successful, however, ISRO was quite confident for its mission.
Earlier, PM Modi had also reached Bengaluru to witness the historic landing of Chandrayaan-2. PM Modi watched the Chandrayaan-2 landing at ISRO centre along with 60 students who have been selected from across the country on the basis of special space quiz competition. Since the entire world is looking at India, some students from Bhutan were also invited to be a part of this historic moment. PM Modi tweeted, “The youngsters with whom I will watch the special moments from the ISRO Centre in Bengaluru are those bright minds who won the ISRO Space Quiz on MyGov. The large scale participation in this Quiz showcases the interest of the youth in science and space. This is a great sign!”
How soft-landing will take place?
According to the video released by ISRO, in the first 10 minutes of the last 15 minutes of landing, Chandrayaan-2 will be 7.7 kilometres away from the moon. After that, it will cover a distance of 5 km in the next 38 seconds. After this, in the next 89 seconds, his speed will be very slow and it will travel 400 meters. After this, in the next 66 seconds distance between Moon and Vikram will remain just 100 meters. Now, at the last 100 meters, the lander Vikram will take the final decision where to land on the Moon.