Indian Space Research Organistion’s (ISRO) is gaining international applauses despite of Chandrayaan-2 partial success. ISRO launched the Chandrayaan-2 mission on July 22, 2019 by using a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III).
India tried to land on the South Pole of the Moon in the early hours of Saturday. Unfortunately, Chandrayaan-2 lost communication with ground stations during its final phase and moments of landing which was just 2.1 Kms away.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) came in support of ISRO after the Chandrayan-2 failure. In a tweet NASA stated
Space is hard. We commend ISRO’s attempt to land their Chandrayaan2 mission on the Moon’s South Pole,
Former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger also tweeted
We should not be too discouraged. India was trying to do something very, very difficult. In fact, everything was going as planned as the lander came down,
The ISRO on Saturday tweeted that Chandrayaan 2 mission was a
highly complex mission, which represented a significant technological leap compared to the previous missions of ISRO to explore the unexplored south pole of the Moon.
NASA stated that only 60% of the lunar missions have succeeded till date. Out of the 109 lunar missions from 1958, only 61 have successfully landed on the moon. This is the track record for the past six decades of the lunar missions.
Russia (Former USSR), US and China are the only three countries that have succeeded to land their missions on moon till date. India would have joined the club as the fourth country if Chandrayan-2 was successful.
The first lunar soft landing and first pictures from the lunar surface came from Luna 9 which was launched by the USSR in 1966. Apollo 11 mission was the landmark mission headed by Neil Armstrong through which humans first stepped on the moon surface.
One of the positive aspect for ISRO is that NASA has proposed to join hands and work together for exploring the Solar System in future. It has tweeted
You have inspired us with your journey and look forward to future opportunities to explore our solar system together,
Apart from the Government of India and other nations ISRO found a massive support from the Indian citizens too through social media