Officials watch live telecast of Chandrayaan 2 at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface,in Bengaluru. (PTI)
Officials watch live telecast of Chandrayaan 2 at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface,in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Chandrayaan-2: Tense moments in ISRO's mission control room during last 2 minutes

  • Scientists were seen getting into a huddle to discuss the operations, following which ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • The Lander Vikram was very close to the landing site at the 13th minute, when it was supposed to begin the last phase of the touchdown.

All was going well till the last two minutes of the powered descent, when tense moments gripped the Mission Control Room.

According to Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Lander Vikram was very close to the landing site at the 13th minute, when it was supposed to begin the last phase of the touchdown. It had reduced its initial velocity of 1.6km/sec to half within the first 7 minutes and had come down to an altitude of 7kms. The first two phase of the lunar descent went as planned.

Scientists were seen getting into a huddle to discuss the operations, following which ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

At 2:18 am ISRO Chairman, Dr Sivan said, "The powered descent was going as planned till it was just 2.1 kms above the lunar surface. Subsequently, the communication with the Lander was lost. The data is being analyzed."

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