Bengaluru, Sep 7 : India’s dream of landing a spacecraft on moon lay shattered as the Vikram lander of the Chandrayaan-2 failed to make a smooth soft-landing.
The Vikram lander and Pragyan rover were supposed to land on the moon and carry out observations and experiments for 14 days. The Orbiter component of Chandrayaan-2, however, was doing fine and continued to communicate with the control room.
The communication was lost as the lander was descending towards the Moon early on Saturday and was at an altitude of 2.1 km over the moon’s South Pole where it was due to land, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan announced after a period of silence among the scientists monitoring its course.
It is learnt the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at the space agency’s telemetry, tracking and command network (Istrac) are analyzing the issue to check the problem.
A journey of 3,84,000 km, traversed on a pre-defined path will see Chandrayaan2 face its moment of truth after a month-and-half-of being launched from Sriharikota.