The editorial “Adieu, Chandrayaan-1” (Aug. 31) gives a detailed insight into the premature end of the space mission. It is a matter of some satisfaction that a great deal of data has been gathered by the spacecraft.
Now that the reasons for the failure have been learnt, one hopes the ISRO will be able to do better next time.
K.S. Thampi, Chennai
The heart does feel heavy because it was not long ago that the successful launch of Chandrayaan-1 captured our patriotic imagination. However, ISRO’s achievement will always be etched in our memory. One hopes it will be a stepping stone for higher, better and grander success.
Sanjukta Kundu, Visakhapatnam
Despite the premature termination of the Chandrayaan-1 mission, India can be proud of its achievements. It has established an infrastructure for space science, stimulating young minds and encouraging other international space agencies to co-operate with India. The first small step is the hardest; ISRO can now aim for giant leaps.
Kaushik Balakrishnan, Atlanta
ISRO has seen a few failures, but the point is that it has learnt from all its setbacks. Fortitude and glory lie not in never falling but in rising every time one falls. It is important now for the government to instil confidence in the minds of ISRO scientists, instead of dampening their spirits.
S. Lakshmi Narayanan, Cuddalore
Though the unexpected end of the Chandrayaan-1 mission is a big letdown, our scientists deserve approbation for their commendable job. The mission might have been a small step but it is a big leap for our space ventures.
M. Somasekhar Prasad, Badvel
Though the Chandrayaan-1 mission ended prematurely, ISRO has gathered valuable data and learnt important lessons. The secrecy maintained by ISRO was a minor hitch in the otherwise historic event. Experience should serve as a stepping stone to the success of many more missions in the future.
V. Harine, Chennai
The abrupt end of Chandrayaan-1 should be taken as a challenge to be better equipped for Chandrayaan-2 and beyond. ISRO scientists need to inform the people on what it could not achieve in the mission. It is our right to know.
N. Nagarajan, Chennai
It is difficult to believe that ISRO has gathered a great deal of data in such a short time, given that it acknowledged the extent of Chandrayaan-1’s setbacks only in July. From the time the mission was launched, there have been opinions for and against it — whether the money spent on it was worth it, whether it was feasible, beneficial and so on. With the termination of the mission, one cannot help feeling that public money has been wasted.
Aalok Patel, Korba