Although India’s Chandrayaan 2 is 95% successful, ISRO’s efforts have caught the attention of the entire world. Vikram was out of contact just above 2.1km from the lunar surface. NASA salutes ISRO’s efforts. NASA tweeted “Space is hard. We commend ISRO’s attempt to land their Chandrayaan 2 mission on the Moon’s south pole. You have inspired us with your journey and look forward to future opportunities to explore our solar system together.”
Space is hard. We commend @ISRO’s attempt to land their #Chandrayaan2 mission on the Moon’s South Pole. You have inspired us with your journey and look forward to future opportunities to explore our solar system together. https://t.co/pKzzo9FDLL
— NASA (@NASA) September 7, 2019
It has been reported by ISRO before this mission, that the mission of Chandrayaan-2 would be a very complex one. This mission was better than previous expeditions. There have been no expeditions happened before in the moon’s south pole. And Chandrayaan-2 was supposed to work at that place. Lander Vikram was successfully separated from the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 on September 2. It was then that the challenging process of getting to the south pole of the moon began. Although everything was fine, it was only 2.1 kilometres from the moon’s surface that ISRO lost connection with Vikram.
NASA reported on Friday that most of these type of missions had failed. Last year, Israel’s moon mission was not successful either. According to ISRO, this mission is 90-95% successful.
Dr K. Sivan said that Orbiter’s life expectancy was one year, but due to the extra fuel, it would be in the orbit of the moon for seven and a half years.