WASHINGTON: United States-based space agency NASA lauded India's attempts to land on the South pole of the moon by saying that it is a huge step forward for India as a nation.
India's ambitious second mission to the moon-faced a technical snag leading to the loss of communication in the last fifteen minutes.
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
United States state department also lauded Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
We congratulate @ISRO on their incredible efforts on #Chandrayaan2. The mission is a huge step forward for India and will continue to produce valuable data to fuel scientific advancements. We have no doubt that India will achieve its space aspirations. AGW https://t.co/r1TAjvRl47— State_SCA (@State_SCA) September 7, 2019
If the Chandrayaan 2 moon mission was successful then India would have become the fourth country to soft land on the moon after Russia, US and China who have achieved the feat.
Chandrayaan 2 lander Vikram was expected to touch down on the lunar surface but ISRO lost communication with the lander thus unable to point out if they landed or not.
According to the scientists at ISRO, they have not given up hope on establishing contact with the lander yet, revealed K Sivan, ISRO chief.
They will be making efforts to establish a contact in the next two weeks.
Faulty execution in the last stage of the operation led to the loss of communication according to Sivan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi commended the efforts taken by the ISRO scientists and said that the best is yet to come. India will be doing another mission, Chandrayaan 3, to the moon.
Modi also watched the Chandrayaan 2 mission live on TV until they lost communication.
Chandrayaan 2 intended to land on South pole where no one else has landed before. They wanted to explore and study the evolution of the moon and more details about its topography.