If you haven’t already heard about India creating ripples world wide with the landing of Chandrayaan 2 , you are probably living in a parallel universe . So what’s special about this latest outing to the space by India ?
Chandrayaan 2 is the second moon mission developed by ISRO Indian Space Research Organisation .It was launched early this year in July and has Vikram - a lunar orbiter and the Pragyan lunar rover developed on our very own home ground. The most incredible thing about this mission is that India will be the first country to ever venture into the south polar region . It is no mean feat and requires a diligent and dedicated team fearless enough to go where no man has gone before.
The south solar region of the moon ,as extensive research of past missions suggests, may possibly confirm the presence of water. The south solar region also has traces of a fossil remnants of the early Solar System.
While we are the fourth country to soft land on the lunar surface , we are in fact the first Indian space mission to explore and soft land lunar terrain with home grown technology.
With every great mission , comes the challenges and setbacks. The Chandrayaan 2 lander Vikram which took off on 22 July 2019 was to land on 7th September 2019 , however minutes before it could land it missed its landing spot and lost contact with ISRO .
According to ISRO chief Mr. K. Sivan , it was briefly sighted on Sunday on the lunar surface . Fervent efforts are on to get the lander Vikram back on track and establish a safe connection .
Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and the whole country stands by the team and its mission. ISRO maintains that 90-95% of the mission’s objectives have been accomplished and that the severed contact with Vikram the lander will in no way deter their mission to keep striving for success and planning more of such missions.
Failure or setbacks will not turn into negativity , rather we salute the spirit of our scientists for continuing on their quest .
This is indeed a learning for all of us to never give up on our children and motivate them to carry on despite obstacles. We should not let setbacks upset us and believe that everything is possible and sky is the limit !
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