Chandrayaan-2: Thank you for standing by us, says ISRO as Vikram lander remains silent


SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation has tweeted a thank you for all the support that has been showered on the agency since it lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lander during its descent on to the lunar surface.

“Thank you for standing by us. We will continue to keep going forward – propelled by the hopes and dreams of Indians across the world!” the Indian Space Research Organisation tweeted, long with a graphic of an imposing looking Moon.

The graphic also has the sillehoutte of a man jumping between across a cliff and the words, “Thank you for inspiring us to always aim for the sky”.

The tweet comes 10 days after Isro lost contact with the Vikram lander during its attempt to land on the Moon. Contact with Vikram was lost moments before it was to land near the south pole of the Moon.

Isro, as well as the US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration, have been making all-out efforts to re-establish contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lander. The efforts have not yet borne fruit.

A lunar orbiter operated by Nasa was supposed to fly over Vikram’s landing site Tuesday and take photographs of the area in order to determine the lander’s fate. However, there is no word on whether the fly-by happened.

Isro has less than four days before night descends on to the part of the Moon where Vikram is and all hope of re-contacting the lander die.

The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which has onboard a majority of the mission’s experiments, remains safe in orbit around the Moon and will be operational for the next seven years

Courtesy/Source: India Today