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ET View: The Moon is not made of insta-cheese

Indian Space Research Organisation will analyse the mishap to identify what went wrong and rectify the defect that caused it.

ET Bureau|
Sep 07, 2019, 01.27 PM IST
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The last-minute glitch that prevented India’s moon landing mission from registering total success is a disappointment, not a disaster. Such setbacks are not uncommon in complex scientific projects. The spectacular disasters of two American space shuttles, Challenger and Columbia, the death of the Russian cosmonaut Komarov due to design flaws in Soyuz 1, water leak in an International Space Station astronaut’s space suit and several other such mishaps have not deterred mankind’s determination to conquer space.

Indian Space Research Organisation will analyse the mishap to identify what went wrong and rectify the defect that caused it. Even now, efforts must be on to revive communications with the lander and these could be re-established, unless the lander suffered damage while landing. The government and the nation will back ISRO to make another attempt to land a probe on the moon.

Sure, it is demoralising for the ISRO team that worked on the moon mission to see success escape their grasp at the last moment. Science and technology are not built on emotions, but on sustained rationality. And that tells us that we have to keep trying. The moon is not going off anywhere. Nor should ISRO or the political commitment to back it.
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