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NASA ready to jointly explore solar system with ISRO

Washington: NASA has lauded Chandrayaan-2, saying India’s moon mission has “inspired” the US space agency which is keen to jointly explore the solar system with ISRO.

ISRO Chairman K Sivan said on Sunday that the Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module has been located on the lunar surface and it must have been a hard-landing, admitting that the planned soft-landing was not successful.

“Space is hard. We commend ISRO’s attempt to land their Chandrayaan2 mission on the Moon’s South Pole,” the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a tweet.

“You have inspired us with your journey and look forward to future opportunities to explore our solar system together,” it said.

A senior Trump administration official also praised India’s Chandrayan-2, describing ISRO’s efforts as “incredible”.

“We congratulate ISRO on their incredible efforts on Chandrayaan2. The mission is a huge step forward for India and will continue to produce valuable data to fuel scientific advancements. We have no doubt that India will achieve its space aspirations,” acting assistant secretary for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells tweeted.

Former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger told PTI on Saturday that the lessons learnt from India’s “bold attempt” to soft land Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module on the lunar surface will help the country during its follow up missions.

“We should not be too discouraged. India was trying to do something very, very difficult. In fact, everything was going as planned as the lander came down,” Linenger said.

India’s historic mission to soft-land a rover on the moon’s uncharted South Pole may have gone awry, but the landmark attempt highlighted its engineering prowess and growing ambitions to become a space superpower, the global media commented on Saturday.

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