India’s Attempt To Land Rover At Moon’s South Pole Fails
Muhammad Mubeen Javed
India failed to land a robotic mission at the Moon’s south pole. Engineers lost contact with the Vikram lander – part of the Chandrayaan – 2 probe.
In a statement, ISRO’s Mission Control Centre explained that normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from Lander to the ground station was lost.
ISRO added, “Data is being analyzed”
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi watched the final moments – offered words of encouragement to the Chandrayaan team. This team has been working on the $150 million project.
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Modi wrote on Twitter:
“India is proud of our scientists. They tried their best and have always made India proud. This is time to be courageous, and courageous we will be.”
The scientist was hoping to land the robotic spacecraft between two craters about 375 miles from the moon’s unexplored south pole.
The lander was supposed to release a small solar-powered rover equipped with instruments. To collect and analyze the moon’s 4-billion-year-old soil.
This successful touchdown would have vaulted India into the list of countries that have completed a soft landing on the lunar surface. The only Soviet Union, the United States, and China have accomplished it.
Part of the Chandrayaan – 2 mission, an orbiter, remains in operation.
Saturday’s disappointing lunar mission comes a little more than a decade after India launched the Chandrayaan-1, a satellite that fired a projectile into the moon’s the South Pole in search of water.