THE Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his pride for his country after the Chandrayaan-2 space program came with in a few kilometres of landing a probe on the moons surface.
Contact with the Chandrayaan-2 was lost just moments before its Vikram module was due to touch down on the Moon’s South Pole
According to an official report, “The Chandrayaan-2 approached the Moon as normal until an error occurred about 2.1km (1.3 miles) from the surface”
The last minute disaster marked the end of India’s most advanced and most complex moon mission to date.
The rocket was carrying the Vikram Lander containing the Pragyan moon rover which was filled with instruments to analyse the moons surface which would have been beamed back to Earth for studying.
The latest in India’s space exploration program also marked a number of milestones for the Country.
The soft landing on the moon is a feat that has only ever been achieved by three other countries, and if they had succeeded, it would have been a huge boost to the ISRO (India’s Space Research Organization) and to the countries space ambitions.
It was also the first time an interplanetary mission was led by two women, project director Muthaya Vanitha and mission director Ritu Karidhal.