Chandrayaan-2 Landing Live Updates: Hours after India’s dream of landing a spacecraft on moon remained unfulfilled, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in its latest update said, “90-95 per cent of mission objectives have been accomplished, notwithstanding the loss of communication with the Lander.”
Support poured in for India’s space agency as the nation stood together to appreciate its accomplishments despite failing to make a smooth soft-landing. The failure happened 13 minutes after the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 began its descent.
ISRO chief Sivan confirmed that communication with the lander had been lost and said that data has been analysed. Though the expected soft-landing of the Vikram lander was not accomplished, the Chandrayaan-2 mission is far from over. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had joined the scientists 15 minutes before the descent began, was briefed by a sombre Sivan on the development. “When ISRO has its encyclopedia of success, some hurdles cannot put its flight out of trajectory. Learnings from today will make us stronger and better; there will be a new dawn,” PM Modi had told the ISRO team.
Chandrayaan-2 Highlights: ISRO loses contact with Vikram Lander, said Chief K Sivan; PM Narendra Modi addressed scientists today. Read latest news in Tamil, Bangla, and Malayalam
PM Modi is source of inspiration, his speech gave motivation: ISRO chief
"PM is a source of inspiration&support for us. His speech gave us motivation. In his speech,the special phrase that I noted was, "Science should not be looked for results, but for experiments and experiments will lead to results," ISRO chief K Sivan told Doordarshan.
Chandrayaan-2 will have no impact on future missions: ISRO official
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. P G Diwakar, who was earlier scientific secretary at the space agency and is now the Director of Earth Observations Applications and Disaster Management Programme Office at the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru, said both Chandrayaan and Gaganyaan have different objectives and dimensions. "There will be absolutely no problem at all. It will have no impact. 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," he told PTI.
90 to 95 per cent of the mission objectives have been accomplished: ISRO
"The success criteria was defined for each and every phase of the mission and till date 90 to 95 per cent of the mission objectives have been accomplished and will continue contribute to Lunar science , notwithstanding the loss of communication with the Lander," ISRO said in its latest update.
WATCH: PM Modi's address to ISRO scientists
Russia, US and China remain to be the only nations to land missions on moon
Only the United States, Russia and China have landed on the moon. Beijing's Chang'e-4 probe touched down on the far side this year, while Israel made an unsuccessful attempt to land its Beresheet spacecraft on the moon in April. The south pole is believed to contain water as craters in the region are largely unaffected by the high temperatures of the sun. ISRO had hoped to confirm the presence of water in the form of ice, first detected on its mission in 2008.
ISRO will accomplish nation’s dream of reaching moon: PM Modi
Exuding confidence in Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said they would remain firm in achieving the nation’s dream of reaching the moon and not rest until the objective is met. “The dream of reaching the moon will be accomplished by ISRO and those working with it won’t stop, get tired or sit down,” Modi said while speaking at an event in Mumbai later in the day. He added that the ISRO scientists have a very strong spirit of working and would not rest until the objective is met.
Mission operated at low cost, budget for 'Avengers: Endgame' was twice: BBC hails ISRO
The BBC wrote that the mission had made global headlines because it was "so cheap". "The budget for Avengers: Endgame, for instance, was more than double at an estimated $ 356 million. But this isn't the first time ISRO has been hailed for its thrift. Its 2014 Mars mission cost $ 74 million, a tenth of the budget for the American Maven orbiter," it said.
WATCH: Chandrayaan 2's Rover Pragyaan which was supposed to land on lunar surface
Video grab from live telecast of soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2
In the most optimistic case, it could only be a problem of communication failure. It is possible that Vikram landed on the moon as planned, but midway through its journey stopped communicating with the ground station. The chances of this having happened are extremely slim, considering that the graph on the screens of the control room depicting the expected and actual deceleration did begin to diverge after 13 minutes from the descent. So the speed was noticed to be larger than required even before communication was lost. READ MORE
Chandrayaan-2 landing attempt will help India's future missions: Former NASA astronaut
The lessons learned from India's “bold attempt” to soft land Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module on the lunar surface will help the country during its future missions, former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger said on Saturday. Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) plan to soft land Vikram near the Moon's south pole did not go as per script in the early hours of Saturday, with the lander losing communication with ground stations during its final descent. Linengar, who flew on Russian space station Mir that operated in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001 for five months, took take part in the live telecast of Chandrayaan-2 landing attempt on the National Geographic Channel.
"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 in an email interview.
Nation is with ISRO scientists: Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said the ISRO scientists worked hard for Chandrayaan-2 mission and the nation 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. She congratulated the ISRO scientists and said the nation is with them. "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," she added.
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! (2/2)— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 7, 2019
World will acknowledge technological advancement of ISRO: Mauritius PM
Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnaut said, "I wish to congratulate the government of India and the ISRO team for their attempt at landing the Vikram lander and the Pragyaan rover on the lunar South Pole. Although it was not a successful landing this time, the world would recon the major technological advancement of the Indian Special Programme. We look forward to collaborative efforts between Mauritius and the ISRO team in the future."
With Chandraayan 2, India has made history: Maldives President
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said that India has made history. "With Chandraayan 2, India has made history. Whatever the final outcome, landing a probe on the moon is no mean feat. I applaud and commend the efforts of PM @narendramodi and ISRO for their hard work to further the cause of human scientific progress," he tweeted.
With Chandraayan 2, India has made history. Whatever the final outcome, landing a probe on the moon is no mean feat. I applaud and commend the efforts of PM @narendramodi and ISRO for their hard work to further the cause of human scientific progress.— Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (@ibusolih) September 7, 2019
Mahinda Rajapaksa on Chandrayaan-2: We are certain you will soon succeed
Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa tweeted, "Congratulations to @isro, PM @narendramodi and the people of #India on #Chandrayaan2. This mission was not a failure but a successful step towards reaching the ultimate goal. This is an incredibly proud moment for all of South Asia. We are certain you will soon succeed."
Congratulations to @isro, PM @narendramodi and the people of #India on #Chandrayaan2. This mission was not a failure but a successful step towards reaching the ultimate goal. This is an incredibly proud moment for all of South Asia. We are certain you will soon succeed.— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) September 7, 2019
Nation proud of ISRO scientists, says Goa CM on Chadrayaan-2
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said the entire nation stood behind scientists of the ISRO, hours after the agency announced that it had lost communication with the 'Chandrayaan-2' lander. "#Chandryaan2 may have faced some challenges, but the entire nation is proud of our team of scientists at @isro who are among few special ones in the world possess the expertise and capabilities to undertake space missions of such great magnitude," the chief minister tweeted. "The orbiter continues on its journey to explore moon and take the mission ahead," he added.
Chandrayaan-2: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan hails ISRO scientists' dedication
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday lavished praises on the scientists of ISRO, who toiled hard for the historic moon mission, Chandrayaan-2 and expressed confidence that they will overcome the present hurdles. In a Facebook post, Vijayan said the dedication of the ISRO scientists was "commendable". "They can overcome the present hurdles... Best wishes to them to move forward with confidence and reach further heights," the CM added.
40% lunar missions in last 60 years failed: NASA fact sheet
The success ratio of lunar missions undertaken in the last six decades is 60 per cent, according to US space agency NASA's 'Moon Fact Sheet'. Of the 109 lunar missions during the period, 61 were successful and 48 had failed, it stated. 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.
Chandrayaan-2: We shall overcome some day, says President Kovind
"Hum honge kamayab, mann me hai vishwas, poora hai vishwas hum honge kamyaab ek din," this is how President Ram Nath Kovind summed up his thoughts on the Chandrayan-2 mission on Saturday. The president hoped that India would be successful in its moon mission the next time. He said he himself had seen the massive carrier, "bahubali", in Sriharikota when he visited the assembly point. "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.
Proud of ISRO scientists: Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday praised the scientists of ISRO for Chandrayaan-2 mission and said the entire nation is proud of their efforts. "... We are proud of their (scientists) efforts for significant achievement. The entire nation appreciates the efforts of scientists at ISRO and stands with you," Kumar said in an official release. "We are quite confident that our scientists will keep their energy and enthusiasm and will move ahead to achieve our goal. Information gathered from Chandrayaan-2 mission will help future scientific endeavors," he said.
Here’s what happened to Chandrayaan-1
While the significance of the Chandrayaan-2 cannot be understated, it’s important to recall at this juncture the contribution made by Chandrayaan-1 to India’s space mission. Launched 11 years ago on October 22, 2008, Chandrayaan-1 was India’s first Lunar mission that took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. It made more than 3,400 orbits around the moon and was operational for at least 312 days until August 29, 2009. As per ISRO, the Chandrayaan-1 lift-off mass was around 1,380 kg. Read More
Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Shah Rukh Khan and others applaud the scientists at ISRO
The mission of Chandrayaan-2 might have failed to accomplish successfully but it has earned the respect of the people. Celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Taapsee Pannu, Karan Johar among many others shared encouraging notes on Twitter as they applauded ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organisation) efforts. Read More
What has really gone wrong is difficult to predict now: Former ISRO chief
"If you start listing, there are at least ten points where it could have gone wrong. What has really gone wrong is difficult to predict now", he said. "Only thing is in the last ten seconds (of the mission), there was a deviation in the trajectory and velocity path. Looking at the data available till that point I am sure ISRO will be able to identify (where things went wrong)," he added.
It's disappointing for all of us: Former ISRO chief on Chandrayaan-2
Nair also said that the lander's contact-loss was highly disappointing, and he never expected such a scenario. "It's disappointing for all of us. The entire country was looking forward to it." He said the entire mission -- from the launch till the lander lost its communication with ground-stations at an altitude of to 2.1 km from the Moon's surface -- went like text-book precision. "When you look at operation 2.1 km down below, it's really complex; half of us were keeping our fingers crossed because there are several instruments and thrusters will have to work very precisely; only then the final objective can be achieved," the former ISRO Chief said.
Orbiter is in space and it should do an excellent job of mapping: Madhavan Nair
"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 after lander 'Vikram' lost contact with ground-stations during final descent to the Lunar surface in the early hours of Saturday. "Already, orbiter is in space and it should do an excellent job of mapping", he added.
Former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair on Chandrayaan-2: Mission's 95 per cent objective achieved
Former ISRO Chairman 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. The former Secretary in the Department of Space and ex-Space Commission Chairman noted that the orbiter is healthy and functioning normally in the Lunar orbit, and that Chandrayaan-2 had multiple objectives, including soft-landing.
Chandrayaan-2: What Dr Abdul Kalam said on failure after ISRO’s SLV-3 mission crashed
Even though Vikram lander of the Chandrayaan-2 failed to make a smooth soft-landing, unable to bring down its speed to the required level, one cannot help but remember former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s words on how to face failures while he was speaking about an incident that happened in 1979 during SLV-3 satellite launch that was a failure. Abdul Kalam was then the project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) and Professor Satish Dhawan was the chairman of ISRO. Read More
Explained: ISRO’s Vikram Lander is lost, but this hardly matters. Here’s why
Though the expected soft-landing of the Vikram Lander was not accomplished, the Chandrayaan-2 mission is far from over. In fact, in science terms, very little has been lost. But in terms of optics, it is definitely a huge setback for ISRO. Amitabh Sinha explains why it hardly matters that Vikram is lost.
Sonia Gandhi on Chandrayaan-2 mission: 'Owe a great debt to ISRO'
Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday applauded the team of space scientists and researchers at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for their “incredible and praiseworthy efforts” on the Chandrayaan-2 mission. “We owe a great debt to ISRO and the brilliant men and women who staff it. Their hard work and dedication has earned India a place in the league of space-faring nations and have inspired generations to reach for the stars,” she said.
Former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger on Chandrayaan-2: Overall the mission has been 'very successful':
An astronaut narrator and space analyst, Linenger said overall the mission has been “very successful.” “In fact, the orbiter will continue to downlink very valuable information for the next year. And by all indications, all systems are good on the orbiter,” he said. Leninger also congratulated ISRO for attempting the “difficult” lunar landing. “I look forward to watching complete success in the future based upon lessons learned from this bold attempt,” Linenger added.
Chandrayaan-2 landing attempt will help India's future missions: Former NASA astronaut
The lessons learned from India's “bold attempt” to soft land Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module on the lunar surface will help the country during its future missions, former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger said on Saturday. Linengar, who flew on Russian space station Mir that operated in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001 for five months, took take part in the live telecast of Chandrayaan-2 landing attempt on the National Geographic Channel. "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 in an email interview. Linenger noted that the lander "unfortunately" never quite made it to the hover point – which is an altitude of about 400 metres above the lunar surface. "...if it had made it to that point, and even if it had not succeeded beyond that, it would have been helpful because the radar altimeters and lasers could have been tested. But if you step back and look at the big picture, this (attempt) would obviously be very helpful for follow on missions," he said.
Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is healthy and safe in the Lunar orbit: ISRO official
As India’s dream of landing a spacecraft on the moon faded as Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander lost contact with ISRO, the space agency Saturday said that the Orbiter component of the spacecraft is healthy and safe in lunar orbit. “Only 5 per cent of the mission has been lost – Vikram the lander and Pragyan the rover – while the remaining 95 per cent – that is the Chandrayaan 2 orbiter – is orbiting the moon successfully,” an official of the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO told news agency IANS. Read More
Watch: PM Modi hugs emotional ISRO chief K Sivan after Chandrayaan-2 setback
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday consoled an emotional ISRO chief K Sivan outside the agency’s headquarters in Bengaluru hours after Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander lost contact with ground stations and failed to make a soft landing on the lunar surface. In a video that has gone viral, the Modi is seen hugging Sivan as the latter broke down and patted him on his back. Read More
‘India is proud of ISRO’: Reactions after Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander goes offline
ISRO may have lost contact with Vikram, but Chandrayaan-2 mission is far from over
As India’s dream of landing a spacecraft on the moon faded as Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander lost contact with ISRO, the space agency Saturday said that the Orbiter component of the spacecraft is healthy and safe in lunar orbit. The Vikram Lander, carrying the Pragyaan Rover, had separated from the orbiter on September 3. Read More
ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 moon landing: Minute-by-minute account till Vikram Lander went offline
The Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar mission, failed to make a smooth soft-landing in the early hours on Saturday. In case you were asleep and missed what happened as Vikram lost contact with the missions operations complex at the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru, here is a blow-by-blow account of what took place. Read Full story here
BJP leader Mohsin Raza gets emotional while talking about Chandrayaan-2
ISRO may have lost lander, rover: Official
ISRO may have lost Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander and rover Pragyan housed inside it, a senior official of the space agency associated with the unmanned moon mission said here Saturday. "Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, the communications from the lander to ground stations was lost," ISRO chief K Sivan said. "The data is being analysed," he added. It's as good as lost. There is no hope. Very, very difficult to re-establish contact".
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked ISRO scientists not to get disheartened by the hurdles in the moon mission Chandrayaan-2 and asserted that there will be a "new dawn". ISRO's plan to soft land Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module on the Lunar surface did not go as per script in the early hours of Saturday, with the lander losing communication with ground stations during its final descent. Addressing the scientists hours after ISRO announced that it had lost communication with the lander, he also said that the country's determination to land on the moon has become even stronger.
PM Modi to ISRO scientists on Chandrayaan-2: ‘Best yet to come, there will be a new dawn’
Addressing scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) headquarters in Bengaluru after communication with Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander was lost, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said the “nation stands with you”. In a bid to boost the morale of ISRO scientists, Modi said, “I have lived the moment with you when communication with spacecraft was lost. Our courage has become stronger. Our determination to touch moon has become even stronger. We came very close, but we need to cover more ground.” Read More
Bhutan PM on Chandrayaan-2: No doubt Modi and his ISRO team will make it happen one day
Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering on Chadrayaan-2: We are proud of India and its scientists today.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 team will make it happen one day."