Chandrayaan 2 achieved 90-95 percent of objectives,' says ISRO

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In giving its first statement after Mission Chandrayaan 2, which suffered a setback after getting so close to success on Saturday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) described the mission as a highly-complex mission that represented a 'significant technological leap'.

 

The space agency also underscored that almost 95 percent of the mission objectives that had been achieved and would contribute to the world of lunar science, despite carrying the fact of the loss of communication with the Vikram lander, personnel from HT media reported. This was a unique mission which aimed at studying not just one area of the Moon but all the areas combining the exosphere, the surface as well as the sub-surface of the moon in a single mission,' the statement said The Vikram Lander followed the as planned descending trajectory from its orbit of 35 km to just below a meager 2 km above the surface.

 

The statement did not state the happenings beyond that point. But until then, according to the statement said, all the systems and sensors of the Lander 'functioned excellently' and proved many new technologies such as what it called 'the variable thrust propulsion technology. The Orbiter camera has the highest resolution camera (0.3m) for any lunar mission ever created so far and shall provide high-resolution images which will be tremendously useful to the global scientific community. Isro said it would have a long life of almost 7 years instead of the planned one year.

 

The success in the placing of the Orbiter was a talking point which had been highlighted by the Prime Minister as well, first while his televisionised addressing to the Isro scientists and later at a certain inauguration of metro projects in Mumbai. PM Modi told scientists to not to lose heart and get disheartened and thanked them for every milestone achieved during this historic attempt. 'It is not a small achievement and the country is once again proud of you. If the communication starts again, then the mission will be able to give us a lot of information. Let's hope for the best,' he said

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