Indian cricketers praise efforts of Chandrayaan-2 team

Indian cricketers praise efforts of Chandrayaan-2 team

The Indian cricket fraternity was supportive of the ISRO scientists and officials which were involved in the Chandrayaan-2 mission and lauded their efforts to take the lunar orbiter to the moon.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s Chandrayaan-2 Lunar mission was lauded by the Indian cricket fraternity despite the lander Vikram failing to make a soft landing on the moon’s surface. The lander lost contact with the control center just a few kilometers away from the supposed landing site.

“Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, the communications from the lander to ground stations was lost and data is being analyzed,” ISRO chief K Sivan was quoted as saying by India Today. The 1,471-kg lander of Chandrayaan-2 — first Indian mission to explore the lunar terrain with home-grown technology was named after the father of India’s space program Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.

The lander may have been lost to the ISRO along with its rover Pragyaan which was housed in it. “There is no communication with the lander. It’s as good as lost. There is no hope. Very, very difficult to re-establish contact,” an official connected to the mission was quoted as saying.

It was supposed to land on the moon in what is called a soft landing and perform functions for one lunar day which is equivalent of 14 Earth days. It’s designed to travel up to 500 meters from the landing spot on the Moon and leverage solar energy for its functioning.

It also had two payloads to conduct surface and subsurface scientific experiments while the rover carried two payloads to enhance the understanding of lunar surface. However, not everything has been lost to the ISRO mission, as the Lunar orbiter has managed to establish itself in the orbit of the Moon. It carries eight scientific payloads for mapping the lunar surface and study the exosphere (outer atmosphere) of the Moon. The orbiter has a mission life of a year.

The Indian cricket fraternity was supportive of the ISRO scientists and officials which were involved in the Chandrayaan-2 mission and lauded their efforts to take the lunar orbiter to the moon. Even PM Narendra Modi consoled the ISRO chief K Sivan and asked him to be courageous after being told of the travesty.

Here’s how the Indian cricketing fraternity reacted