The Indian Space Agency (ISRO) has expressed its gratitude for the support received from across the country after losing contact with lander Vikram during the landing of its ambitious moon mission, Chandrayaan-2.
New Delhi, Sep 17: The Indian Space Agency (ISRO) has expressed its gratitude for the support received from across the country after losing contact with lander Vikram during the landing of its ambitious moon mission, Chandrayaan-2.
"Thank you for standing by us. We will continue to keep going forward — propelled by the hopes and dreams of Indians across the world!" ISRO tweeted.
ISRO engineers lost contact with the Vikram lander - a part of the Chandrayaan-2 probe - when it was about 2 kilometres above the lunar surface, which foiled what would have been a successful soft landing by mere minutes.
ISRO's brave attempt has made India the first country to land a robotic mission on the Moon's south pole.
The historic moon landing effort was praised in India and abroad.
PM Narendra Modi was also in the control room of ISRO when Vikram Lander lost contact with ISRO.
After the loss of contact, PM Modi also addressed ISRO scientists. The Prime Minister not only encouraged the scientists but he said the whole country is proud of ISRO.
When PM Modi was walking out of the space center in Bangalore, he embraced the ISRO chairman who became very emotional during this time.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has also said that it would share images of the location on the lunar surface where Vikram lander made a hard-landing in the early hours of September 7.
This initiative from the American space agency is expected to the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) effort's to locate the lander.
NASA is using its Deep Space Network (DSN) to send radio signals in an attempt to re-establish contact with Vikram lander.
The ISRO, on the other hand, is using the Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Bylalu near Bengaluru to communicate with the lander.
The lander-rover was carrying a NASA passive experiment called the laser retroreflector array, that reflects laser beams from Earth.
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