Bengaluru: Elation soon turned to disappointment and dejection as it was revealed that the first audio samples obtained from the Chandrayaan in moon’s orbit had actually originated from the earth.
“We were extremely jubilant as we received the first audio recordings from our satellite,” remarked a senior scientist from Indian Space Research Organization, who did not wish to be named. “We expected voices from outer space; may be even of aliens,” he added. However, on further scrutiny, the voices recorded from the outer space were actually those of one person shouting at the top of his voice, “The nation wants to know.”
The first line was followed by a ruckus of incoherent and indistinguishable yelling and squealing at very high pitched volumes, with not a single word being understandable over the din. These were initially interpreted to originate from flying saucers. However, they were later traced down to earth with satellite mappings localizing it to the studio of Republic TV. “Only one phrase could be made out among the commotion with one person shouting, “Speak up, speak up.” The rest was completely indecipherable,” the senior scientist quoted.
The setback has come a day after ISRO said that the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is in “good health” and unlike Indian Healthcare, is moving in the “right direction”. As congratulations poured in from across the world, NASA also commended ISRO for successfully pulling off the mission and twitted, “ISRO should look at the bright side and should be glad that at least the voice recordings were of Arnab Goswami and not of Dhinchak Pooja.”
Text messages and calls to Arnab Goswami, Editor in Chief at Republic TV remained unanswered.