Sivan said lander Vikram was just 2.1 km above the lunar surface when ISRO lost radio contact around 2 in the morning on Saturday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was at the ISRO command and tracking facility at Bengaluru was the first to be briefed by Sivan. The Prime Minister told the space scientists not to lose heart but hope for the best and proceed with courage. “The country is with you. I am with you. Proceed with courage", he told the space scientists. At that point it was known if the lander had crashed or not.
What exactly has gone in the last minute be known only after ISRO analyses the telemetry data. Sivan' worst fear that the last 15 minutes of descent would be moments of terror as Vikram would be on auto mode has come to true . It was on auto mode and losing velocity rapidly to zero for touch down on the south pole of the lunar surface when spun out control. It was on fine braking mode after success my completed the rough braking mode when it developed snags. It was not whether one of four engines had failed.