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Chandrayaan 2 LIVE Updates: It's Difficult to Establish Link Again, Say ISRO Experts Hrs After Locating Lander Vikram

News18.com | September 8, 2019, 8:44 PM IST
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Chandrayaan 2 Live Updates: ISRO is continuing its efforts to restore link with Chandrayaan-2's lander 'Vikram', but experts say time is running out and possibility of re-establishing communication looks "less and less probable."

Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation K Sivan said on Saturday that the space agency will try to establish link with the lander for 14 days. After lander Vikram was located on the lunar surface by Chandrayaan-2's on-board cameras on Sunday, he reiterated that those efforts would continue. A senior official associated with the mission said, "Progressively... as time goes by... it's difficult(to establish link)"
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Sep 8, 2019 8:44 pm (IST)

'Location of Vikram Module Proves Orbiter Functioning Well' | The location of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 by ISRO on Sunday "proves beyond doubt" the orbiter is functioning well, said space expert Ajay Lele said. Lele, a senior fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, also said it was only a matter time that the orbiter located Vikram and the question now remains on the health of the lander.

Sep 8, 2019 7:42 pm (IST)

'95 Percent of Objectives Achieved' | The Indian Space Research Organisation on Saturday said till date 90 to 95 percent of the Chandrayaan-2 mission objectives have been accomplished and it would continue contributing to Lunar science despite the loss of communication with the Lander. The space agency also said the precise launch and mission management had ensured a long life of almost seven years instead of the planned one year for the orbiter.

Sep 8, 2019 7:25 pm (IST)

Was the Lander Damaged During Hard Landing? | Considered as the "most complex" stage of the country's second expedition to the moon, the lander was on a powered decent for a soft landing when it lost contact. ISRO chief siad that the data is being analysed. Asked if the lander was 'damaged" during the 'hard landing", Sivan said: "That we do not know".

Sep 8, 2019 7:06 pm (IST)

"In those 100 seconds whatever the country did, it reflected the mettle of 125 crore countrymen," said Modi, who had flown to Bengaluru to watch the planned touchdown of the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) lander 'Vikram", said PM Modi. India's mission to soft-land on the moon suffered a setback, with 'Vikram' losing communication with ground stations, just 2.1 km from the lunar surface during its final descent. However, Sunday the ISRO said Vikram has been located on the lunar surface and it must have been a hard-landing.

Sep 8, 2019 6:47 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said an "ISRO spirit" has gripped the country, which has been united by the moon mission Chandrayaan-2, and the nation now looks beyond success and failure. Addressing the BJP's 'Vijay Sankalp' rally he added, "On the night of September 7, 100 seconds after 1.50 am an incident awakened and united the entire country. Like (there is) a sportsman spirit, an ISRO spirit is running in the country. Countrymen are not ready to accept negativity." 

Sep 8, 2019 6:10 pm (IST)

'It must have been A Hard Landing' | ISRO Chairman K Sivan siad that Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module has been located on the lunar surface and it must have been a hard-landing, in an admission that the planned soft-landing wasnt successful. "Yes, we have located the lander on the lunar surface. It must have been a hard-landing", he added. 

Sep 8, 2019 5:31 pm (IST)

Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State said that India becomes the first country to land on the Southern pole of Moon and congratulated the team of ISRO for the mission. He added that the Vikram Lander soon.

Sep 8, 2019 5:14 pm (IST)

A senior official associated with the mission said "Progressively... as time goes by... it's difficult(to establish link)" However, with "right orientation" it can still generate power and recharge batteries with solar panels, he added. "But it looks less and less probable, progressively," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Sep 8, 2019 4:56 pm (IST)

Hopes Fading, Communication Looks 'Less Probable' | ISRO is continuing its efforts to restore link with Chandrayaan-2's lander 'Vikram', but experts say time is running out and possibility of re-establishing communication looks "less and less probable." Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation K Sivan said on Saturday that the space agency will try to establish link with the lander for 14 days.

Sep 8, 2019 4:39 pm (IST)

Vikram lander module of Chandrayaan-2 had lost communication with ground stations in the early hours of Saturday, when it was just 2.1 km from the lunar surface during its final descent. ISRO chairman K Sivan said the lander had been located on the lunar surface, adding that "it must have been a hard landing".

Sep 8, 2019 4:10 pm (IST)

ISRO Chairman K Sivan said that PM Narendra Modi's address and outpouring of support and kind words for ISRO after the unsuccessful bid by Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module to touch-down on the lunar surface have boosted the morale of its scientists. 

Sep 8, 2019 4:05 pm (IST)

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala said the lander setback in the Chandrayaan-2 project will not have any effect on future space missions of the country. He added that the country was proud of its scientists and stood solidly behind the Indian Space Research Organisation.

Sep 8, 2019 3:55 pm (IST)

Foreign Media on Contact Loss With Lander | American magazine 'Wired' said the Chandrayaan-2 programme was India's "most ambitious" space mission yet. The New York Times' lauded India's "engineering prowess and decades of space development". The Washington Post' in its headline "India's first attempt to land on the moon appears to have failed" said the mission had been a source of "immense national pride". American network CNN described it as "India's historic landing on moon's polar surface may have failed". The BBC wrote the mission had made global headlines because it was "so cheap". French daily 'Le Monde' mentioned the success rate of soft landing on the moon, adding, "So far, scientists point out, only 45 per cent of missions aimed at alleviating have been successful".

Sep 8, 2019 3:42 pm (IST)

Javadekar Reassures Chandrayaan 2 Not Fully Lost | During an event marking 100 days of the Modi 2.0 government Union minister Prakash Javadekar reassured that the Chandrayaan mission was not entirely futile as the orbiter would continue sending signals.

Sep 8, 2019 3:36 pm (IST)

Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter Cameras Spotted Vikram Lander | ISRO chairperson K Sivan said that the Vikram lander, with rover Pragyan is housed inside it, was located by on-board cameras of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter. Although communication was lost with the lander at the last minute during the soft-landing on Saturday, the orbiter was still healthy and will carry out its functions for 7 years. ISRO chief said that the lander may have made a hard landing, and sis not know whether it was damaged. Efforts to link with the Vikram lander were underway, he said.

Sep 8, 2019 3:26 pm (IST)

Efforts to Establish Link to be Made for 14 Days | Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Sivan said that the agency over the next two weeks would continue to make efforts to re-establish communication with the Chandrayaan-2 Lander, images of which were taken by the orbiter. “Right now the communication is lost, but we are trying to re-establish communication with the lander over the next 14 days,” said Sivan. “The first phases of the power descent were executed properly... it was in the last phase that we lost communication with the lander.”

Sep 8, 2019 3:19 pm (IST)

Even in these times marked by a floundering economy, property prices in India’s top cities such as Delhi and Mumbai are sky-high. Astronomical, some might say. While the resemblance of the crater-pocked topography to some of India’s busiest roads has already been pointed out by creative citizens, a question that arises out of this is what would it take to own a piece of the moon? And is it even possible? Well, there is hope. Or, to be more specific, Dennis M Hope. In 1980, the United States entrepreneur wrote a letter to the United Nations, declaring himself the owner of the moon. The UN did not respond, so Hope and his company, Lunar Embassy, just started selling the land. Click here for full story

Sep 8, 2019 3:13 pm (IST)

K Sivan Speaks to News18. Watch | Speaking to CNN-News18 says 'ISRO has got the first thermal image of moon lander Vikram on the lunar surface. Communication yet to be established'. 

Sep 8, 2019 3:08 pm (IST)

Sivan's Breakdown Sparks Debate | Men don't cry. Or, at least, that's what they say. In the early hours of Saturday, ISRO's most complicated and ambitious mission till date, Chandrayaan-2, failed to go according to plan, much to the dismay and disappointment of the entire country. Later during the day, we got a glimpse of the ISRO chief, K Sivan, shaking hands with Prime Minister Modi, as the latter departed the ISRO headquarters. In a video that has now gone viral, PM Modi can be seen hugging and consoling Sivan who had broken down into tears. However, the video of Sivan crying has sparked another debate. While it broke the hearts of some watching the ISRO chief crying like that, some criticised this display of emotion and said that he should have maintained professional decorum. Click here to read full story

Sep 8, 2019 3:00 pm (IST)

ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan (C) watches the live telecast of soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface on Saturday, in Bengaluru.

Sep 8, 2019 2:54 pm (IST)

Communication with Vikram lander appears to have lost contact with ground control in the mission. The data is right now being analysed by scientists. As per a timeline released earlier by ISRO, the lander Vikram was to land at 1:53am and the rover Pragyan was scheduled to roll down a ramp at 5:19am. In an extraordinary moment, the rover was to click a photograph of the lander at 5:45am.

Sep 8, 2019 2:51 pm (IST)

TN College Contributed to Chandrayaan 2 | Tamil Nadu's Sona College revealed that its Special Electrical and Electronics Drives Division (SPEED) supplied three products that are its parts, including two vital components that will allow its smooth landing on the moon and collection of soil and rock samples to the Vikram lander. These products are the fuel mixer motors that mix liquid oxygen with fuel, the Doppler mechanism for Vikram module to guide the laser to ensure smooth landing on the moon and the Sona Mechanical Research team-built robotic arm for picking sand and rock samples from the moon, the institution said. "Today is an exceptionally proud day for researchers from Sona College of Technology as years of intense indigenous research effort have contributed, in a small way, to smooth landing of Chandrayan-2. These efforts will go a long way in India's quest to unravel what is on the moon," said Chocko Valliappa, Vice Chairman, Sona College of Technology

Sep 8, 2019 2:48 pm (IST)

ISRO Spirit Like Sportsman Spirit: Modi | "At 1:50 am on Sept 7, entire nation was sitting in front of TV, looking at #Chandrayaan mission. In those 100 second, I witnessed how an incident awakened the entire country&tied the country together. Like we talk about sportsman spirit, it's ISRO spirit in Hindustan now," says PM Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Haryana.

Sep 8, 2019 2:45 pm (IST)

Jitendra Singh Lauds ISRO | "Brilliant breakthrough by Team #ISRO ," says Minister of State and BJP Jitendra Singh.

Sep 8, 2019 2:40 pm (IST)

A dish antenna tracks the moon at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru.

Sep 8, 2019 2:38 pm (IST)

 'Don't Know' of Any Damage to Vikram Lander |  Asked if the lander was 'damaged' during the 'hard-landing,' ISRO chief K Sivan said, "That we do not know." The module seems to have made a hard landing, instead of the planned soft landing. The orbiter, which will in operation for seven years, will take pictures of the lunar south pole, where the lander has been located.

Sep 8, 2019 2:34 pm (IST)

A video played on a giant screen showing the Chandrayaan 2 tracking in a media enclosure at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) prior to the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface,in Bengaluru.

Sep 8, 2019 2:33 pm (IST)

ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan after announcing that connection with the lander was lost during the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface, in Bengaluru.

Sep 8, 2019 2:27 pm (IST)

Students Laud ISRO's Efforts | For 74 students who spent the wee hours of Saturday morning at the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), it was a slumber party of a different kind. Thrilled, excited and exhilarated are just a few adjectives that sum up the time spent at Peenya where they gathered to witness the landing of Chandrayaan-2.  "Let's learn from our mistakes, because like APJ Abdul Kalam once said. If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun," she said. "I would like to tell our brilliant scientists and engineers that we are so proud of every achievement and this setback is just a small glitch. I know for sure that our scientists are the best in the world," Zeeshan Sanjeeb says.

Sep 8, 2019 2:24 pm (IST)

'Efforts to establish Link Will Continue': Sivan | ISRO chief K Sivan said that efforts to establish communication with the Vikram lander will continue, despite the fact that the space organisation suspects the lander having made a hard landing. The orbiter, which was reported to be in a healthy condition has taken pictures of the lander and helped locate it on the moon's surface.

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Chandrayaan 2 LIVE Updates: It's Difficult to Establish Link Again, Say ISRO Experts Hrs After Locating Lander Vikram

Chandrayaan 2 orbiter has located the lander Vikram on the lunar surface and beamed its first picture back to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the space agency’s chief K Sivan told CNN-News18, a day after the lander dealt a blow to the moon mission and went incommunicado while attempting soft landing on the moon. Sivan, however, said communication is yet to be established. “We have found the location of Vikram Lander on lunar surface and the orbiter has clicked a thermal image of the lander. But there is no communication yet. We are trying to have contact,” Sivan said. He added that it must have been a hard-landing, but it was not yet clear if the Vikram module was damaged.

Despite the setback yesterday, ISRO says 90 to 95 per cent of the Chandrayaan 2 mission objectives have been accomplished and it would continue contributing to lunar science despite the loss of communication with the lander. The space agency also said the precise launch and mission management had ensured a long life of almost seven years instead of the planned one year for the orbiter. NASA, too, has lauded Chandrayaan 2, saying India's moon mission has "inspired" the US space agency which is keen to jointly explore the solar system with ISRO.

India's bold mission to soft-land on moon suffered a setback during the wee hours on Saturday, with Chandrayaan 2 Vikram module losing communication with ground stations, just 2.1 km from the lunar surface during its final descent.

"The Vikram Lander followed the planned descent trajectory from its orbit of 35 km to just below 2 km above the surface. All the systems and sensors of the Lander functioned excellently until this point and proved many new technologies such as variable thrust propulsion technology used in the Lander," ISRO said in an update.

"Space is hard. We commend ISRO's attempt to land their Chandrayaan2 mission on the Moon's South Pole," the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said in a tweet. Former NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger told PTI on Saturday that the lessons learnt from India's "bold attempt" to soft land Chandrayaan 2's Vikram module on the lunar surface will help the country during its follow up missions.

The success criteria was defined for each and every phase of the mission and till date 90 to 95 per cent of the mission's objectives have been accomplished and it would continue contributing to lunar science , notwithstanding the loss of communication with the Lander, it said. The successful landing would have made India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to achieve a soft landing on the moon, also the first to launch amission to the unexplored south pole of the Moon.

Pointing out that the orbiter has already been placed in its intended orbit around the Moon, ISRO said, "It shall enrich our understanding of the moons evolution and mapping of the minerals and water molecules in the Polar Regions, using its eight state-of-the-art scientific instruments."

"The orbiter camera is the highest resolution camera (0.3m) in any lunar mission so far and shall provide high resolution images which will be immensely useful to the global scientific community," it said, adding that the precise launch and mission management has ensured a long life of almost 7 years instead of the planned one year.

The Chandrayaan 2 orbiter is healthy and safe in the Lunar orbit, an ISRO official had said after the Vikram Lander lost contact with ground stations minutes before the touchdown on Moon's surface.

Stating that Chandrayaan 2 mission was a highly complex mission, which represented a significant technological leap compared to the previous missions of ISRO, the space agency said it brought together an Orbiter, Lander and Rover to explore the unexplored south pole of the Moon.

Since the launch of Chandrayaan 2 on July 22, not only India but the whole world watched its progress from one phase to the next with great expectations and excitement, it said.

This was a unique mission which aimed at studying not just one area of the Moon but all the areas combining the exosphere (outermost layer of the earth's atmosphere), the surface as well as the sub-surface of the moon in a single mission, it added.
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