Right from the very start of Human Civilization, man has been curious about knowing the Universe. He has continuously been on the effort in exploring the heavenly bodies and for it, he has made space missions by which he has succeeded to a great extent in exploring many things. He is now able to peep into the other world than the Earth. He has landed on the Moon and Mars and is ready to make a long leap into some other planets.
With technology advancement, exploring space has become easier. Many countries are in the space race. India is not lagging behind. It has covered many milestones since it got independence.
The Chandrayan Mission is India’s highly ambitious Mission which has been partially accomplished with a difference. It is viewed as a major leap into space technology by the whole world at a very low cost. The Indian Space Research Organization ISRO has launched two missions so far namely Chandrayan 1 launched on October 22, 2008, and Chandrayan 2 on July 22, 2019. The former Mission consisting of an Orbiter and an Impactor was quite a success in discovering water availability on the lunar surface. Being very much hopeful in confirming water there, Chandrayan 2 consisting of an orbiter, a lander called Vikram and a small rover called Pragyan was launched. Vikram and Pragyan have been designed to last for one lunar day whereas the Orbiter for 7 years.
The Orbiter of Chandrayan 2 reached successfully on the desired orbit. The Lander Vikram too got successfully detached from the Orbiter and while landing softly on the lunar surface, unfortunately, it lost communication at merely 2.1 km from the lunar surface on September 8, 2019. Still, ISRO and other Space Research Organizations are on the effort to establish communication with the Lander Vikram. The Orbiter is still orbiting the Moon sending data to the ISRO centre.
Mission Chandrayan 2 is never a failure. It would definitely prove to be a success in near future, which will benefit humanity at large.