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Chandrayaan-2 highlights: ISRO issues latest update, says 95% of mission objectives accomplished

Chandrayaan-2 Moon Landing Highlights: "Our determination to touch moon has become even stronger, we came very close but we need to cover more grounds," PM Modi told ISRO scientists.

Written by Amitabh Sinha , Abhishek De | Bengaluru/new Delhi | Updated: September 9, 2019 1:06:18 am
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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.

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20:31 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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. 

19:58 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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.

19:24 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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. 

17:34 (IST)07 Sep 2019
WATCH: PM Modi's address to ISRO scientists

17:30 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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.

17:16 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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.

16:48 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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.

16:16 (IST)07 Sep 2019
WATCH: Chandrayaan 2's Rover Pragyaan which was supposed to land on lunar surface

15:52 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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

15:43 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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.

15:09 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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.

15:00 (IST)07 Sep 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."

14:58 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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.

14:55 (IST)07 Sep 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."

14:30 (IST)07 Sep 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.

14:06 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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.

14:04 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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.

14:01 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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.

14:00 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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.

13:18 (IST)07 Sep 2019
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

Chandrayaan-1 was India’s first Lunar mission that took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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Chandrayaan-2 Moon Landing Highlights:

India’s dream of landing a spacecraft on moon lay shattered as the Vikram lander of the Chandrayaan-2 failed to make a smooth soft-landing, unable to bring down its speed to the required level.

To decelerate after starting its descent, Vikram continuously fired its four thrusters in the direction of its movement. It travelled a total of almost 585 km in a parabolic path before losing contact. Before the touchdown, a few hundred kilometres from the ground, it was expected to hover over the surface, trying to ascertain whether there was a safe place to land.

Chandrayaan-2 was India’s first attempt at landing a spacecraft on the moon. Only three countries — the United States, the erstwhile USSR and China — have managed to place a spacecraft on Moon so far.

Chandrayaan-2, riding the powerful GSLV Mk-III rocket, was successfully launched at 2.43 pm on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. It was a textbook launch and initial anxiety evaporated 16 minutes 23 seconds later when scientists at mission control broke into applause, signalling that Chandrayaan-2 was now on its own.

ISRO Chairman K Sivan had repeatedly been describing Friday's Moon landing as "the most terrifying 15 minutes” of its journey. If successful, this would have been India’s first soft landing on the moon’s surface. Only the US, the former USSR and China have been successful in landing humans or machines on the moon.

India's mission to look for water on the Moon stemmed from the discover of Chandrayaan-1, which found its presence in 2008.