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Support pours in for ISRO as scientists try to figure out what went wrong with Chandrayaan 2 landing

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In what has turned out to be a rather sad day for ISRO and India, contact has been lost with the lander module comprising the Lander Vikram and rover Pragyan.

All systems were operating normally during the initial period of the automated powered descent phase. Contact was abruptly lost some 2.1 km above the moon’s surface when the lander was in its ‘fine braking’ phase.

ISRO Chairman confirmed the same in an address to the press. The scientists are now analysing the data to determine what went wrong and should release an update soon. Thankfully, the most important component of the mission, the Orbiter, which will orbit the moon for at least a year, is operating normally.

An illustration of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter and landing module’s post-separation in their independent orbits around the moon. Image: ISRO/YouTube

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his support for the fine work done by ISRO scientists so far and he asked them not to lose hope. Support has also been pouring in from all corners of the globe.

 

India is proud of our scientists! They’ve given their best and have always made India proud. These are moments to be courageous, and courageous we will be!

Chairman @isro gave updates on Chandrayaan-2. We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 6, 2019

The Indian National Congress party also tweeted its support:

 

The nation stands by the entire team of @isro as we wait in these tense times. Your hard work and commitment has made our nation proud. Jai Hind.#Chandrayaan2Landing

— Congress (@INCIndia) 6 September 2019

 

Congress President Sonia Gandhi released a statement saying, “We owe a great debt to ISRO and the brilliant men and women who staff it.”

Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi’s statement on the Chandrayaan 2 Mission. pic.twitter.com/FQHbLTggbs

— Congress (@INCIndia) September 7, 2019

 

Member of the Indian National Congress party Rahul Gandhi tweeted his support to ISRO:

Congratulations to the team at #ISRO for their incredible work on the Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission. Your passion & dedication is an inspiration to every Indian. Your work is not in vain. It has laid the foundation for many more path breaking & ambitious Indian space missions. 🇮🇳

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 6, 2019

Making the announcement could not have been easy for ISRO Chairman K Sivan:

 

One cannot even imagine his state of mind while announcing ‘The Communication was lost’ for #Chandrayaan2. They have all have given years for one dream. We all are proud of you @isro, We shall overcome. pic.twitter.com/NslSUaUap1

— Bhaiyyaji (@bhaiyyajispeaks) 6 September 2019

An astronomer from the Netherlands appears to have been the first to report the failure of the mission. He identifies the moment that contact was lost:

 

It looks like the @isro #Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander has crashed. After the rough braking phase the Doppler curve from @radiotelescoop shows some wiggles, and then, at 20:20:01UTC the signals disappeared… pic.twitter.com/YQzriRslQ3

— Cees Bassa (@cgbassa) September 6, 2019

This tweet sums up most people’s feelings towards ISRO right now:

 

Lost communication but not hope… Every single person in India can feel the heartbeat of #chandrayaan2 #VikramLander …[email protected] You brought the nation together once agian…..we are always proud of you guys️….it’s just a comma…. #ISRO #Chandrayaan2Landing pic.twitter.com/CFE0atYNYR

— Mrcool (@sriharsha0709) September 6, 2019

At 8 am, PM Narendra Modi visited the ISRO Control Centre once again to address all the hardworking scientists who seemed heartbroken after communication was lost with the lander. He had a lot of things to say, reassuring all the scientists that the learning from this mission will only make us stronger and better.

PM Narendra Modi: For last few hours the entire nation was worried. Everyone stands in solidarity with our scientists. We are proud of our space program. Today our resolve to touch the moon has grown even stronger. #Chandrayaan2 pic.twitter.com/hXWZ2d0Wwf

— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2019

#WATCH PM Narendra Modi: We will rise to the occasion and reach even newer heights of success. To our scientists I want to say- India is with you. You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress. #Chandrayaan2 pic.twitter.com/0378MUcHuv

— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2019

After his speech, the PM consoled ISRO Chairman K Sivan as he broke down, conveying how all the scientists and the nation felt.

#WATCH PM Narendra Modi hugged and consoled ISRO Chief K Sivan after he(Sivan) broke down. #Chandrayaan2 pic.twitter.com/R1d0C4LjAh

— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2019

Editor’s note: This is a developing story. We’re awaiting a full statement from ISRO on what went wrong with the landing.

Find our entire collection of stories, in-depth analysis, live updates, videos & more on Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission on our dedicated #Chandrayaan2TheMoon domain.

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