As the nation eagerly awaited for India's ambitious Moon mission Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander to touch down near the south pole of the Moon, ISRO lost contact minutes before its landing. Chandrayaan-2's landing module, named Vikram, started its final descent to pull off a historic soft landing on the lunar surface but lost touch with the space agency. Vikram houses the six-wheeled rover Pragyaan that was supposed to explore the lunar surface for around 14 Earth days. Stay tuned with ibtimes.co.in for latest updates on Chandrayaan-2.
WATCH | PM Modi's speech at ISRO after Chandrayaan-2 mission setback
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The effort was worth it & so was the journey, says PM Modi
"As important as the final result is the journey & the effort. I can proudly say that the effort was worth it & 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": PM Modi
There will be a new dawn: Modi boosts ISRO's confidence
"There will be a new dawn and a brighter tomorrow very soon. There is no failure in science, only experiment and efforts," says Narendra Modi.
This won't crush our spirit: PM Modi
PM Narendra 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 & gone on to do spectacular things. This is the reason why our civilization stands tall."
PM Modi heaps praises on ISRO scientists
PM Modi, in his address, said, "You are those who live for Maa Bharti, you live to see her triumph. You are those who fight for Maa Bharti. You are those who have a passion for serving Maa Bharti. You are those who devote their entire lives to see Maa Bharti's head held high."
I know what you went through last night: PM Modi to ISRO scientists
PM Modi said, "Friends I could feel what you were going through a few hours back, your eyes were conveying a lot. You live for India's honour, I salute you."
Here's what ISRO said after it lost contact with Chandrayaan lander
After ISRO lost contact with the Chandaryaan-2 lander this morning, the mood at the space agency control room in Bengaluru quickly changed from jubilation to despair.
#ISRO looses contact with #VikramLander— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) September 6, 2019
ISRO chief K. Sivan says "Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed upto an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, the communications from lander to ground station was lost. The data is being analyzed." pic.twitter.com/aaCOY2UVfl
PM Modi to address nation at 8 am from ISRO HQ
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 am on Saturday from ISRO's control centre in Bengaluru and interact with scientists of the space agency, in the backdrop of Chandrayaan-2's lander Vikram losing contact with ground stations.
In a tweet, Isro said, "Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will address the nation from Isro Control Centre today (September 07, 2019) at 0800 hrs IST."
ISRO cancels press conference
The space agency cancelled the press conference that was scheduled to take place after Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander's touchdown on the Moon's surface.
ISRO chief K Sivan confirms communication lost with lander Vikram
Chandrayaan-2 mission suffered a technical glitch moments before Vikram's landing was scheduled on Moon's surface. Isro chief Dr K Sivan said, "Data is being analysed. Vikram Lander's descent went as planned and everything was normal till it was 2.1km above the lunar surface."
Don't lose hope: Modi tells ISRO
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was witnessing the historic landing of the Chandrayaan-2 mission at the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru told the scientists to be courageous. " There are ups and downs in life. What you have achieved is not a small feat," PM Modi said.
In a tweet, PM Narendra Modi also said, "India is proud of our scientists! They've given their best and have always made India proud. These are moments to be courageous, and courageous we will be! Isro chairman gave updates on Chandrayaan-2. We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme."
ISRO tweets Chandrayaan-2 cartoon ahead of lunar landing
Hours before India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 will make a soft landing on the surface of the moon, ISRO took to Twitter to share a cartoon featuring the lunar orbiter and lander Vikram. "It was great travelling with you so far Vikram. Best of luck! I hope you reach the South Pole soon," said the lunar orbiter. To this, the lander replied, "It was quite the journey indeed! I'll see you around - in the orbit."
How Chandrayaan-2 will land on the Moon
Narendra Modi tweets on Chandrayaan-2 lunar landing
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a series of tweets, urging people to watch the special moments.
I am extremely excited to be at the ISRO Centre in Bengaluru to witness the extraordinary moment in the history of India’s space programme. Youngsters from different states will also be present to watch those special moments! There would also be youngsters from Bhutan.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 6, 2019
The youngsters with whom I will watch the special moments from the ISRO Centre in Bengaluru are those bright minds who won the ISRO Space Quiz on MyGov. The large scale participation in this Quiz showcases the interest of the youth in science and space. This is a great sign!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 6, 2019
I have been regularly and enthusiastically tracking all updates relating to Chandrayaan - 2 since it was launched on 22nd July 2019. This Mission manifests the best of Indian talent and spirit of tenacity. Its success will benefit crores of Indians.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 6, 2019
I urge you all to watch the special moments of Chandrayaan - 2 descending on to the Lunar South Pole! Do share your photos on social media. I will re-tweet some of them too.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 6, 2019