Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development Smriti Irani on Saturday stood by ISRO after the space organisation lost contact with Vikram Lander during amid the descent of Chandrayaan 2 on the surface of the moon. FM Nirmala Sitharaman said that ISRO brought the youth and everyone together as it worked in its purpose of the space mission. "We are with you... You will succeed," she tweeted. Irani said that the journey of Chandrayaan 2 was no less than an achievement.
We are with you @isro. You have brought the nation, it’s young minds and all, together in sensing your achievements in Space. You will succeed.— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) September 6, 2019
Journey of #Chandrayaan2 so far and what lies ahead is no less than an achievement. We are proud of our scientists and confident that India’s space programme only gets stronger & better from here. Team @isro - a proud, grateful & an inspired nation stands with you!— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) September 7, 2019
Towards the final moments of the historic feat, just before it landed on the surface of the Moon, the mission suffered some technical glitches. As it stands, ISRO's Twitter handle shared that they have lost communication at 3:00am IST. Speaking about the situation, ISRO Chairman K Sivan confirmed in a statement that contact with Vikram was lost at about 2.1 kilometers above the Moon's surface. He added that the ground station is analysing the data.
This is Mission Control Centre. #VikramLander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from Lander to the ground stations was lost. Data is being analyzed.#ISRO— ISRO (@isro) September 6, 2019