1 min read.Updated: 08 Sep 2019, 10:02 PM ISTLivemint
On Sunday, the orbiter spotted Vikram; if it’s damaged and can’t be linked up, we must take its loss in our stride
In great endeavours, advancement is less about a checklist of achievements and more a function of corrective actions taken. Shortly after 2am on Saturday, India had a moment of heartbreak when Isro chief K. Sivan declared that mission control for Chandrayaan-2 had lost contact with its lander Vikram 2.1km above the lunar surface that it was trying to soft-land on. Data was being analysed, he said. While some scientists suspect that excessive brake thrust may have knocked the craft off-course, we await an official report on what went wrong. All is well with our Moon orbiter, thankfully, and so over 90% of the project’s tasks are safe.