India experienced heartbreak early this morning. Millions stayed awake into the wee hours of the morning, hoping to see the Chandrayaan-2 Mission make it to the lunar surface. Instead we were met with silence from the lander, and uncertainty in the final minutes.
What should have been a resounding success was not. And yet, this wasn’t a failure of a mission, as many are quick to assume. Things didn’t go according to plan, but hope still remains that Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander and the Pragyaan rover inside it are saved.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan made a general announcement shortly after the space agency lost contact with the Vikram lander. He said they’d lost contact, and they were going over the flight data to see what happened.