Trying to establish contact with Vikram lander: ISRO

Trying to establish contact with Vikram lander: ISRO

Right when the moon lander Vikram was about to make history by landing its probe in the south pole of the Moon, the scientists lost communication with it and the moment was excruciatingly painful as the results went upside down. With the unexpected outcome, the ISRO headquarters remained disheartened for a few minutes.

With just a mere distance of 2.1 km from the landing site, everyone across the nation held their hearts on sleeves. Just a couple of minutes later, ISRO chairman, Dr.K.Sivan, after conferring with his senior colleagues, came to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's VIP cabin and gave bad news. Also, the chief was seen emotional for the failed attempt in spite of Modi's words of encouragement. However, 95% of the mission was successful and it was indeed a proud moment.

Later, Dr.K.Sivan made an official announcement of losing communication with Vikram. But he also said that the scientists will continue the trails and contact Vikram for the next 14 earth days. He said, "We will put efforts to bring back the communication with Chandrayaan 2's lander. Right now the communication with Vikram lander is lost, but we will try to establish a link for the next 14 days".

With just the last portion being unsuccessful, Sivan said that the life span of the orbiter is usually one year. But because we have extra fuel available in the orbiter, it is estimated to be there for seven and a half years.  He later praised Modi for his motivational speech and encouragement when he was in distress. The one line that melted Sivan's heart from Modi's speech was  'Science should not be looked for results, but for experiments'.