NASA appreciates ISRO as Chandrayaan-2 accomplishes 95% of its mission
Reacting to Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander losing contact with ISRO as it was about to land on the lunar surface, NASA tweeted, "Space is hard. We commend ISRO's attempt to land their Chandrayaan-2 mission on the Moon’s the South Pole." It added, "You have inspired us with your journey and look forward to future opportunities to explore our solar system together."
The success ratio of lunar missions undertaken in the last six decades is around 60%, according to US space agency NASA's 'Moon Fact Sheet'. Of the 109 lunar missions during the period, 61 were successful and 48 failed, it stated. In the early hours of September 7, Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander lost communication with the ground station during its final descent.
Meanwhile, ISRO has said that 90-95% of Chandrayaan-2 mission's objectives have been accomplished despite the loss of communication with Vikram lander. The orbiter has already been placed in its intended orbit and "shall enrich our understanding of the Moon's evolution", it added. It further said the orbiter camera will provide high-resolution images which will be useful to the global scientific community.