अपनी ऊचाई पर इतना गुमान ना कर ए चांद,
मैं हिंदुस्तान हू, फिर आऊंगा.

Eyes stuck on the TV screens waiting for the images to be seen, waiting for the scientist to declare Mission Succesful. But nothing is complete without twist and turns and 2 mins before we lost contact. Teared eyes and Modi’s speech got the confidence back and we proudly said ” ISRO you almost did it and we are proud of you”.

Designed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Chandrayan 2 is India’s second lunar exploration mission after the Chandrayan 1 and was launched from the space center on 22nd July 2019 at 2.43 IST from the Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. With every landing and every orbit taking its right round, everytime an update came about this mission it made us more proud. he Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III i.e. GSLV Mk III has carried Chandrayan 2 to its designated orbit. This three-stage vehicle is India’s most powerful launcher till date. It consists of a Lunar Orbiter, a Lander named Vikram and a Lunar Rover named ‘Pragyan’. On 7th September, when Chandrayan 2 was scheduled to launch around 1.50 am on the Moon but the communication with the Vikram landing was lost just before the automated landing at nearly 2.1 km above the surface of Moon. Though this isn’t a complete failure of the mission. Later the exact location of the Lander was found through thermal images but the communication is yet to establish. The last update says that Vikram is safe and ISRO is trying its best to communicate and make this mission On again.

Mission Chandrayan 2 isn’t just a mission or an experiment of science and technological exploration but has turned into a ‘Feeling’ for every Indian out there in last two days.
Chandrayan 2 is not just a special mission for India, but the whole world has set an eye on it. The reason being that it’s the 1st space mission to ever conduct a soft landing on the Moon’s South Polar region as well as 1st Indian mission to explore the Lunar terrain with homegrown technology. With Nasa Scientist to Pakistani scientist talking about this mission, we have already marked a place in the globe.

Every Science experiment comes with a probability of 50-50% of success and failure. That is just a part of the game. Which nowhere means we should lose hope. What we as a country can do is only be proud of ISRO, the hard-working team behind it and stand by them till the communication is re-established. Hoping that soon will happen and even if that doesn’t work, Indian scientists have a lot of enthusiasm looking for what is next and science has a lot of space to experiment!

-Sagarika Patil