Chandrayaan 2 Highlights: After a moment of despondency, ISRO is back to work! Focus shifts to Orbiter

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New Delhi | Updated:Sep 07, 2019 10:37:27 pm

Chandrayaan 2 Vikram Lander, Chandrayaan 2 Landing Highlights: PM Modi has hailed ISRO scientists after Chandrayaan 2's lander Vikram lost contact with ISRO's mission center just 2.1 KM before the touchdown on lunar surface.

Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing Live, Chandrayaan 2 Vikram Landing Live Chandrayaan 2: ISRO’s successful landing mission on Moon surface would have made India only the fourth country in the world after former USSR, the US and China to accomplish soft landing on the Earth’s only natural satellite.

Chandrayaan 2 Vikram lander Highlights: In an emotionally charged, warm and affectionate pep talk to Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) scientists at the space agency’s headquarters in Bengaluru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is with them. PM Modi has vowed that there will be a new dawn and a brighter tomorrow. Asserting that ISRO has an encyclopedia of success, PM Modi said the space agency’s goals will not be deterred by momentary obstacles. PM Modi was present at ISRO headquarters in the wee hours of Saturday.

This comes after ISRO lost communication with the Vikram lander over 10 minutes after it started the descent operation to Moon. ISRO chief K Sivan said that the descent operation was carried out as expected till 2.1 kilometres altitude, after which communication was lost. ISRO is trying to analyse data, he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked scientists to “Be Courageous” and not lose hope. PM Modi said that ups and downs are a part of life, and asked the ISRO scientists to hope for the best. He congratulated scientists for serving the country and humanity. ISRO Chief K Sivan informed, ‘Vikram lander’s descent was normal till 2.1 KM but subsequently the communication from the Vikram lander to the mission station was lost. The data was being analysed.” ISRO is now analyzing the data to ascertain and will try to establish a connection.

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    21:55 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan-2 LIVE | Mission is very close to 100% success: K Sivan

    ISRO Chief K Sivan: In total, the Chandrayaan 2 mission is very close to 100% success. Right now the communication is lost, we will try to establish a link for the next 14 days. The last portion was not executed the right way, in that phase only we lost link with the Lander, and could not establish communication subsequently.

    21:16 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Here is ISRO's steller journey

    The Indian space agency has truly been a role model Organisation for India, a self driven and motivated Governmental agency, which shows wisdom to plan its own long term perspective and technological advancements. READ MORE

    20:58 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Virat Kohli, members of team India and former cricketers praise ISRO for moon mission

    Hailing ISRO scientists, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli said: “There’s nothing like failure in science, we experiment and we gain. Massive respect for the scientists at ISRO who worked relentlessly over days and nights. The nation is proud of you, Jai Hind! Chandrayan2.” Read More

    20:43 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Foreign media on India's moon mission

    The New York Times lauded India's "engineering prowess and decades of space development". "While India may not have stuck the landing on its first try, its attempt highlighted how its engineering prowess and decades of space development have combined with its global ambitions," the report said. Read More

    20:30 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: From Gaganyaan to Aditya, ISRO's future plans

    The ISRO plans to send three Indians to space by 2022, an announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his last Independence Day speech. Besides this, the ISRO will also launch Aditya L-1, India's first solar mission, by next year. There are plans to build a space station and launch interplanetary missions to Mars and Venus.

    20:16 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: ISRO Official on Gaganyaan

    There will be absolutely no problem at all. It (Chandrayaan 2) will have no impact (on Gaganyaan). The satellite missions as well as the human space flight mission will go very smoothly without any problem. Each mission is of a different type:  P G Diwakar, ISRO Official told PTI.

    20:10 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: No impact on Gaganyaan!

    The Chandrayaan-2 mission will "absolutely have no impact" on ISRO's ambitious manned mission Gaganyaan, scheduled to be launched in 2022, according to an ISRO official (PTI)

    19:36 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: 'Only pictures from the Orbiter will reveal what actually happened'

    The current status of the Chandrayaan 2 mission can only be speculated. If one or more of the retro engine(s) has malfunctioned during the descent, which led to the angle of descent and rate of descent not going as per planned parameters, in autonomous mode. It is possible that Vikram may still have landed but could get damaged/tilted. The extent of damage will decide the next course of action, if Rover may roll out and start communicating with the lander. It’s only when the pictures from the Orbitor, of the site of landing (soft or otherwise) are revealed with evidence and analysis, that we will we know what went through and what did not: Ratan Shrivastava, Independent Consultant, Aerospace, Defence & Space

    19:15 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: ISRO tweets on its moon mission

    Chandrayaan 2 mission was a highly complex mission, which represented a significant technological leap compared to the previous missions of ISRO to explore the unexplored south pole of the Moon: ISRO tweets.

    19:10 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: ISRO's daring attempt demonstrates their "self-confidence and conviction"

    "Success of Chandrayaan 2 mission is a significant milestone in India’s space journey. Chandrayaan 1 and Mangalyaan had sent orbiters around the Moon and Mars but Chandrayaan 2’s soft landing on the south polar region of the Moon would have put India at par with the US, Russia, and China – which have achieved this feat. ISRO making the first attempt to land on a region that has not been mapped before demonstrates the self-confidence and conviction of the ISRO leadership," Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Head Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative, ORF, said. Read More

    18:36 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: 'After a moment of despondency, ISRO is back to work'

    After a moment of despondency, ISRO is back to work! It is inspirational to see this characteristic of science in collective action. Kudos to ISRO:  Krishnasamy Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India 

    18:15 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: K Vijay Raghavan on Vikram Lander

    "The Vikram Lander followed the planned descent trajectory from its orbit of 35 km to just below 2 km above the surface. All systems and sensors of the Lander functioned excellently until this point. Tested and proved many new technologies such as the variable thrust propulsion technology used in the Lander. Success criteria were defined for each and every phase of the mission and so far 90 to 95% of the mission objectives have been accomplished and will continue to contribute to Lunar science. notwithstanding the loss of communication with the Lander. ISRO project review teams made presentations to mission management, Chaired by Dr. Sivan right through the early hours of today onward. They are already addressing causes and learning from the events," Krishnasamy Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India tweeted about Vikram Lander and current state of the mission.

    17:54 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Moon mission's 'Orbiter pictures are truly extraordinary'

    "The pictures I saw this morning were truly extraordinary. TMC 2 is a miniature version of the Terrain Mapping Camera used onboard the Chandrayaan 1 mission. TMcv2’s primary objective is mapping the lunar surface in the panchromatic spectral band (0.5-0.8 microns), high spatial resolution(5m), swathe(20 km from 100 km lunar polar orbit). Data will give clues about the Moon's evolution, prepare 3D maps of the lunar surface," Krishnasamy Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India tweeted.

    17:43 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: 'Orbiter camera is the highest resolution camera in any lunar mission'

    Krishnasamy Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India , aid that the mission life of Chandrayaan 2 is almost 7 years and it will continue providing valuable data to the scientific community. " The Orbiter camera is the highest resolution camera (0.3m) in any lunar mission so far and has already started providing high-resolution images which will be immensely useful to the global scientific community," Krishnasamy Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India said.

    17:25 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Country is with ISRO's scientists, says WB CM Mamata Banerjee

    Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister, on Saturday said that the scientists at ISRO worked hard for Chandrayaan-2 mission and the country is with them. "We are proud of our scientists. The @isro team worked hard for #Chandrayaan2. A befitting tribute to our founding fathers who envisioned India's place in the league of scientifically advanced nations far ahead of their times," she tweeted. "A testimony to the scientific temper they ingrained in us, and their unmatched caliber and dedication. My sincere gratitude and congratulations to @isro. We are all with you. May you continue to make us proud," Banerjee added.

    16:48 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: India was trying to do something very, very difficult, says Former NASA astronaut

    Former NASA astronaut Jerry Linengar said, "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."

    16:28 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Landing attempt will help ISRO's future missions, says former NASA astronaut

    India and ISRO have learned a lesson from the “bold attempt” to soft-land Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module on Moon's surface and it will help future missions: Former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger.

    15:56 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Inspired by courage and resolve of ISRO scientists, says PM Modi

    I am really inspired by the courage and resolve of our ISRO scientists. How to work towards your aim irrespective of big challenges is what I learnt from them. They will not stop striving till they reach the target: PM Modi said.

    15:35 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: PM of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth wishes India and ISRO

    Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth congratulates India and the ISRO team for their attempt at landing the Vikram lander and the Pragyaan rover on the lunar South Pole. "Although it wasn't a successful landing this time, the world would recon the major technological advancement of Indian Spacial Programme. We look forward to collaborative efforts between Mauritius & ISRO team in future," he said.

    15:21 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Brief history of Mission to Moon

    From 1958 to 2019, India as well as the US, the USSR (now Russia), Japan, the European Union, China and Israel launched different lunar missions -- from orbiters, landers and flyby (orbiting the Moon, landing on the Moon and flying by the Moon). The first mission to the Moon was planned by the US in August 17, 1958, but the launch of Pioneer 0 was unsuccessful. The first successful mission to the Moon was Luna 1 by the USSR on January 4, 1959. It was also the first 'Moon flyby' mission. The success had come only in the sixth mission. From 1958 to 1979, only the US and the USSR launched Moon missions. In these 21 years, the two countries launched 90 missions. There was a lull in the decade that followed with no lunar missions from 1980-89.

    15:14 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Hum honge kamayab, says President Ram Nath Kovind

    President Ram Nath Kovind has "Hum honge kamayab, mann me hai vishwas, poora hai vishwas hum honge kamyaab ek din." "We covered 3.84 lakh-km journey successfully, only 2.1 km were left. The distance left is negligible on such a huge scale. It's such a huge achievement," he said. It was just a coincidence and not misfortune. "I would say 'Hum honge kamayab, mann me hai vishwas, poora hai vishwas hum honge kamyaab ek din'," he said.

    14:53 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: ISRO won't sit down, says PM Modi

    Lauding the spirits of ISRO scientists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India will achieve its goal of reaching the moon. PM Modi said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists have a very strong spirit of working and will not rest till the objective is met. "The dream of reaching the moon will be accomplished. ISRO and those working with it won't stop, get tired or sit down," PM Modi said.

    13:12 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: 48 out of 109 lunar missions failed, as per NASA

    Out of the 109 lunar missions during the period, 61 were successful and 48 had failed, according to NASA's 'Moon Fact Sheet'. Israel launched its lunar mission Beresheet in February 2018 but it crash landed in April, a PTI report said.

    13:05 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Landing attempt will help India's future missions, says fomer NASA astronaut

    Former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger said the lessons learned from 'bold attempt' to soft land Chandrayaan-2's Lander Vikram on the lunar will help the country during its future 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 told PTI.

    12:58 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Watch PM Modi hugs & consoles ISRO chief in heart-warming gesture

    12:04 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Ex-ISRO Chief speaks

    Backing ISRO sceitists after the space agency lost connection with lander Vikram, former Chairman of the Indian space agency G Madhavan Nair said on Saturday the Chandrayaan-2 has achieved 95 per cent of its mission objectives, the lander's unsuccessful bid to touch-down on the Lunar surface notwithstanding. "I think we need not worry too much...I will rate more than 95 per cent of the mission objectives have been achieved," Nair told PTI.

    11:42 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Glitches faced by ISRO

    In 2018, ISRO had deferred the lunar mission's launch last year after a loss in communication with military satellite GSAT 6A. GSAT 6A was launched in March last year and was meant to support military communications in hostile regions using handy ground terminals. However, days later the ISRO said it had lost contact with GSAT 6A. Communication from the satellite was lost after the second firing of the on-board engine and "efforts are under way to establish the link with the satellite", it had then said. The launch of Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled in October last year. Officials had then said they did not want to take any risk and ensure that the multi-million dollar Chandrayaan project is full-proof. The GSAT 6A setback had prompted ISRO to recall the launch of GSAT-11 from Kourou in French Guiana for additional technical checks. The setback the ISRO faced was one of the reasons behind the space agency deferring the launch of Chandrayaan to early this year, which was again pushed to July. To ensure that Chandrayaan-2 does not face any glitch, the ISRO had formed a group of experts. In August 2017, the PSLV- C39 mission, carrying the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite, failed after the heat shield did not open and release the satellite.

    11:10 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Nothing to despair, says Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said there was "nothing to despair". "There is nothing to despair. ISRO only lost communication with the Lander & not the hopes of 1.3 billion Indians," Naidu's secretariat tweeted. "I salute @isro scientists, engineers & everyone else associated with Chandrayaan-2 for their hard work & dedication in trying to conquer new frontiers in space exploration," he said.

    11:00 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Emotional side of ISRO chief on display

    Earlier, ISRO Chief K Sivan's voice got choked while annoucing the lander Vikram had lost communication with the ground stations, and the data is being analysed. However, PM Modi said, "We came very close, but we need to cover more ground.... Learnings from today will make us stronger and better," he told the scientists, adding, "The best is yet to come in our space programme. India is with you." Sivan's colleagues say the ISRO Chief is a task-master but a simple and genial individual,

    10:55 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Emotional scenes at ISRO headquarters

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given big-brotherly hug to console ISRO chief K Sivan after delivering an emotional speech. ISRO chief K Sivan, who was in tears, unable to come to termsover lander Vikram's unsuccessful bid to soft-land on the moon. No sooner than the Prime Minister concluded his address, Sivan accompanied him to see him off.

    10:35 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Bharat mata ki jai reverberates ISRO headquarter

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his near 25-minute speech, with "Bharat mata ki jai" (Hail Mother India) slogan. The emotionally-charged speech was delivered in a mix of Hindi and English, and said he could understand the feelings of scientists a few hours earlier when it became clear that Chandrayaan-2's final journey did not go as per plan. "Your eyes said a lot and I could read the sadness on your face. I have lived those moments with you," he said, adding that this was why he did not stay for long with them in the early hours and came back in the morning, not to preach them but to be inspired by them.

    10:30 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: PM Modi delivers message of optimism, solidarity, hope

    In 25-minute pep talk to ISRO scientists following the space-agency lost communication with Chandrayaan 2's lander Vikram. Telling them not to be disheartened by momentary obstacles, PM Modi vowed that there will be a "new dawn and better tomorrow". "We came very close but we need to cover more ground in the times to come. Learning from today will make us stronger and better. The nation is proud of our space programme and scientists. The best is yet to come in our space programme. There are new frontiers to discover and new places to go. India is with you," Modi said.

    10:17 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Rover 'Pragyaan' was to carry out various tests on lunar surface

    It was scheduled that following the Chandrayaan-2's lander Vikram touches down on the moon in the wee hours of Saturday, Rover 'Pragyaan' would have emerged from the lander and rolled out onto the lunar surface. The touchdown of 'Vikram' was scheduled between 1.30 am and 2.30 am. The 'Pragyaan' rover would have rolled out between 5.30 a.m and 6.30 a.m.

    09:55 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal laud ISRO

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi congratulated ISRO and said their work was not in vain. "It (Chandrayaan-2) has laid the foundation for many more path breaking and ambitious Indian space missions," Gandhi said. The Congress party too extended its support to the ISRO. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said there was no need for ISRO to lose heart. "Our scientists have done a great job," he tweeted.

    09:29 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: ISRO may have lost lander Vikram and rover Pragyan, says official

    An ISRO official told PTI that Chandrayaan-2's lander Vikram and rover Pragyan housed inside it may have been lost. Earlier in the day, contact from the lander to the ground stations was lost during its powered descent to the Lunar surface minutes before the planned touch-down.

    09:14 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Top quotes by PM Modi

    "We came very close, but we need to cover more ground.... Learnings from today will make us stronger and better," he told the scientists, adding, "The best is yet to come in our space programme. India is with you."

    There will be a new dawn and a brighter tomorrow very soon. As important as the final result is the journey and the effort, says PM Modi.I can proudly say that the effort was worth it and so was the journey. Our team worked hard, travelled far & those teachings will always remain with us. The learnings from today will make us stronger and better, says PM Modi.

    Resilience and tenacity are central to India’s ethos. In our glorious history, we have faced moments that may have slowed us but they have never crushed our spirit, says PM Modi."We have bounced back again and gone on to do spectacular things. This is why our civilisation stands tall. We will rise to the occasion and scale newer heights of success. To our scientists I want to say- India is with you! You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress," says PM Modi.

    08:57 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Bhutan PM hails ISRO scientists

    Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering has lauded ISRO scientists, "We are proud of India and its scientists today. Chandrayaan2 saw some challenges last minute but courage and hard work you have shown are historical. Knowing Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I have no doubt he and his ISRO team will make it happen one day."

    08:30 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: There will be new dawn, brighter tomorrow very soon, says PM Modi

    "We will rise to the occasion and reach even newer heights of success. To our scientists I want to say- India is with you. You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress. There will be a new dawn and a brighter tomorrow very soon. There is no failure in science, only experiment and efforts," says PM Modi at ISRO headquarter in Bengaluru.

    08:22 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: You are exceptional professionals, says PM Modi

    "In our illustrious history, we have faced moments that may have slowed us but they have never crushed our spirit. We have bounced back again and gone on to do spectacular things. This is the reason why our civilization stands tall. We will rise to the occasion and reach even newer heights of success. To our scientists I want to say- India is with you. You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress," says PM Modi said.

    08:19 (IST)07 Sep 2019
    Chandrayaan 2 Live: Resolve to touch the moon has grown even stronger, says PM Modi

    PM Narendra Modi addressing ISRO scientists, "Friends I could feel what you were going through few hours back, your eyes were conveying a lot. You live for India's honour, I salute you". "For last few hours the entire nation was worried. Everyone stands in solidarity with our scientists. We are proud of our space program. Today our resolve to touch the moon has grown even stronger," PM Modi said.

    In an emotionally charged, warm and affectionate pep talk to Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) sceintists at the space agency's headquarters in Bengaluru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is with them. PM Modi has vowed that there will be new dawn and a brighter tomorrow. Asserting that ISRO is encyclopedia of success, PM Modi said the spaceagency's goals will not be detered by momentary obstacles. PM Modi was present at ISRO headquarters in the wee hours of Saturday. This comes after ISRO has lost communication with the Vikram lander over 10 minutes after it started the descent operation. ISRO chief K Sivan said that the descent operation was carried out as expected till 2.1 kilometres altitude, after which communication was lost. ISRO is trying to analyse data, he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked scientists to "Be Courageous" and not lose hope. PM Modi said that ups and downs are a part of life, and asked the ISRO scientists to hope for the best. He congratulated scientists for serving the country and humanity. ISRO Chief K Sivan informed, 'Vikram lander's descent was normal till 2.1 KM but subsequently the communication from the Vikram lander to the mission station was lost. The data was being analysed." ISRO is now analyzing the data to ascertain and will try to establish connection. Earlier, PM Narendra Modi arrived at ISRO's mission center at Bengaluru. ISRO had informed that the Chandrayaan 2 landing time and the tentative touchdown time for Vikram lander was between 1.30 am to 2.30 am on September 7. The proposed mission objective of Chandrayaan 2 was to investigate the possibility of the presence of water in the form of ice in the dark region of the Moon. Apart from Doordarshan and ISRO's live webcast, National Geographic Channel for TVs and Hotstar for OTTs relayed the Chandrayaan 2 moon landing live. Meanwhile, the orbiter is functional and has healthy communication with ISRO's mission centre.