Leaders across political parties on Saturday hailed the dedication and passion of ISRO scientists, urging them not to be disheartened after Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander lost contact with ground stations minutes before its planned touchdown on the lunar surface. 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 and better tomorrow".
The status of Chandrayaan 2 mission is unknown hours after Chandrayaan 2’s lander Vikram began final descent towards the moon and lost contact with ground control around 2.1 km from the lunar surface. A dejected ISRO chairman briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was at the ISRO headquarters to witness what would have been a historic feat. K Sivan also told mediapersons that ISRO was analyzing the data last sent by the lander.
Congress' Jyotiraditya Scindia says Chandrayaan-2 has "united us all towards our collective goal of scientific advancement."
Why do we fall? So we can rise up again!— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) September 7, 2019
Despite the hiccups, we must forge on our journey.
Through #Chandrayaan2, you have united us all towards our collective goal of scientific advancement. We are proud of you, @isro.
This is not a failure. It's a pitstop to triumph & glory. pic.twitter.com/DCfvPF0ALZ
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says "there is no success without setbacks."
Proud of each and everyone on the #ISRO team. Setbacks are a part of the journey; without them, there is no success. The whole nation stands with you and believes in you.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) September 7, 2019
Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari's pep talk for ISRO:
Every Indian is proud of the exceptional achievements of @isro. The challenging times will make us stronger and better. As we prepare ourselves for the future, remember what PM Shri @NarendraModi said, 'the best is yet to come'. #Chandrayan2— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) September 7, 2019
Shah Rukh Khan is 'Proud of ISRO' | Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan harps on "hope" and "belief" as he tweets for the ISRO and its team of scientists who worked invested their lives for the success of mission Chandrayaan-2 mission.
Sometimes we don’t land or arrive at the destination we want to. The important thing is we took off and had the Hope and Belief we can. Our current situation is never and not our final destination. That always comes in time and belief! Proud of #ISRO— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 7, 2019
Meanwhile, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan said yesterday's setback "does not tantamount to failure."
This does not tantamount to failure. In Research and Development there will be a learning curve. This, is that precious learning moment. We will soon be on the Moon, Thanks to #ISRO. The Nation believes and applauds ISRO.— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) September 7, 2019
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, in two consecutive tweets, said the Chandrayaan-2 mission has thrilled the entire country and the success that Indian scientists, especially 'ISRO' scientists have achieved so far, is a matter of pride and should be appreciated.
2. साथ ही, आगे बढ़ते रहने के लिए यह जरूरी है कि निराशा, हताशा व दुःखी कतई न हों और यह भी याद रहे कि ’गिरते हैं शहसवार मैदान-ए-जंग में, वह तिफ्ल (बच्चा) क्या गिरे जो घुटनों के बल चले’। वैज्ञनिकों को देशहित में काम करते रहने के लिए उनके हौंसले बढ़ाते रहने की जरूरत है।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) September 7, 2019
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, congratulated the team of scientists for contributing their blood and sweat and working round the clock to make India's Chandrayaan-2 mission a successful feat.
#Chandrayaan2 mission is a testimony that ISRO’s scientists have traversed the new frontiers of space & made every Indian proud— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) September 7, 2019
We see it as a new opportunity to surge ahead & reach greater heights. Future is only brighter to achieve new feats & heights!https://t.co/QYyVMVfyuQ
Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, salutes the scientists at ISRO for their "achievements."
We are very proud of the achievements of our scientists at @isro. #Chandrayaan2 is great vision indeed, only attempted by few. A big salute for taking us to the final frontier. Landing is just a step away.#Chandrayaan2— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) September 7, 2019
Bhutan Prime Minister Sends Heartfelt Note to PM Modi | Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lotay Tshering, conveyed his best wishes for the country and its scientists. "We are proud of India and its scientists today. Chandrayaan-2 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," he said.
PM Modi Concludes Speech | "India is one of the major space powers in the world. The credit goes to all of you. It was you who were the first to reach Mars. ISRO has made many records. When success is your mantra then you can never go out of trajectory. Science never gets satisfied with the results. Its inherent quality is that it tries for more. I trust your confidence. I am not here to lecture you. I am meeting you all to get inspired from you," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he concluded his addressal.
Chandrayaan-2 Journey Was 'Shandaar', 'Jaandaar' | Over the disappointment of the scientists at the ISRO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Every difficulty and every struggle teaches us something new and motivates us for some new inventions, new technologies and this determines our future success. If someone is the greatest teacher of knowledge, then it is science. Science is not a failure, only experiments and efforts. The journey of Chandrayaan-2 was 'Shandaar', 'Jaandaar."
There will be a new dawn and a brighter future soon, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding that the journey and the efforts are as important as the final result of the Chandrayaan-2 mission. "I can proudly say that the effort was worth it and so was the journey. Our team worked hard, travelled far and those teachings will always remain with us. The learnings from today will make us stronger and better. The citizens of this country and I am proud of your efforts no matter what the result is," PM Modi said.
"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. We have bounced back again and gone on to do spectacular things. This is why our civilisation stands tall," PM modi said in Bengaluru.
"The entire nation was awake in solidarity with our scientists who had embarked on one of the most ambitious mission of space. You are exceptional citizens who have given incredible contribution in progress of the nation," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he addressed the scientists at ISRO after Chandrayaan-2's Vikarm lander went incommunicando.
India is Undeterred by the Obstacles, Says PM | PM Narendra Modi, in his address, said that "the eyes of the ISRO scientists conveyed a lot." " You live for India's honour, I salute you," said the Prime Minister, adding that the obstacles in Chandrayaan-2 have not weakened the spirits of the country, but have strengthened them. "Today, there may have been a blockade in our path. But we are not deterred from the path of our destination," PM Modid said.
Uplifting the spirits of the dejected scientists at the ISRO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "You are those people who live for the nation and work towards its progress. You have given your life for the country. You have sacrificed your life, your dreams for the country. I could understand you all last night. I could read the disappointment on your faces. You all have not slept since so many nights. I wanted to meet and talk to you all."
Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter Safe in Lunar Orbit | The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is healthy and safe in the Lunar orbit, an ISRO official said after the Vikram lander lost contact with ground stations minutes before the touchdown on Moon's surface early on Saturday. "The orbiter is healthy, intact, functioning normally and safely in the Lunar orbit," the official said. The mission life of the 2,379-kg orbiter is one year.
In an early-morning tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he would be interacting with the scientists at the ISRO shortly. Earlier, ISRO had tweeted that PM Modi would be interacting with the nation at 8am today.
At 8 AM this morning, I would be interacting with our hardworking space scientists at the ISRO Centre in Bengaluru.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 7, 2019
Timeline of India's second unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan -2:
June 12: ISRO Chairman K Sivan announces India's second sojourn to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, would be launched on July 15.
June 29: Rover after completion of all tests integrated with lander Vikram.
June 29: Vikram lander (assembled with Pragyan Rover) integrated with Orbiter.
July 4: Integration of encapsulated assembly of Chandrayaan-2 with launch vehicle (GSLV MkIII-M1) completed.
July 7: GSLV MkIII-M1 moved to launch pad.
July 14: Countdown for GSLV MkIII-M1/Chandrayaan-2 launch on July 15 commences.
July 15: ISRO calls off Chandrayaan-2 launch as a technical snag is observed in launch vehicle system about one hour before blast-off.
July 18: Chandrayaan-2 launch rescheduled for July 22, at 2.43 pm from second launch pad of SDSC, Sriharikota.
July 21: Countdown for GSLV MkIII-M1/Chandrayaan-2 launch on July 22 commences.
July 22: GSLV MkIII-M1 successfully launches Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.
July 24: First earth bound orbit raising manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully.
July 26: Second earth bound manoeuvre performed.
July 29: Third earth bound manoeuvre performed.
August 2: Fourth earth bound manoeuvre performed.
August 4: ISRO releases first set of images of the Earth captured by Chandrayaan-2 satellite.
August 6: Fifth earth bound manoeuvre performed.
August 14: Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters Lunar Transfer Trajectory.
August 20: Lunar Orbit Insertion. Chandrayaan-2 successfully inserted into Lunar orbit.
August 22: First set of pictures of Moon taken by Chandrayaan-2's LI4 Camera from an altitude of about 2,650 km from the lunar surface released by ISRO.
August 21: Second lunar orbit manoeuvre performed.
August 26: ISRO releases second set of images of lunar surface captured by Terrain Mapping Camera-2 (TMC-2) of Chandrayaan 2.
August 28: Third lunar bound orbit manoeuvre performed.
August 30: Fourth lunar orbit manoeuvre performed.
September 1: Fifth and final lunar orbit manoeuvre performed.
September 2: Vikram lander successfully separates from Orbiter.
September 3: First de-orbiting manoeuvre performed to bring Vikram closer to moon.
September 4: Second de-orbiting manoeuvre performed.
September 7: Vikram lander begins its powered descent, normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km, but loses contact with ground stations minutes before the crucial touchdown on the lunar surface.
ISRO scientists, including its chief K Sivan, looked glum soon after the fine braking phase commenced, indicating that all was not well. Here’s how the ‘terrifying’ night unfolded at ISRO command centre
Politicians, celebrities, sportspersons and common citizens across India stood in solidarity with the ISRO on Saturday after Chandrayaan-2’s lander went incommunicado barely a couple of kilometres from the moon’s surface. The first words of support following ISRO chairman K Sivan’s disappointing announcement came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was at the ISRO control centre in Bengaluru. Click here to read
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 am on Saturday, in the backdrop of Chandrayaan-2's lander 'Vikram' losing contact with ground stations. "#ISRO Honorable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modiwill address the nation from ISRO Control Centre today(September 07, 2019) at 0800 hrs IST," ISRO tweeted. 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. Vikram's descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from Lander to the ground stations was lost, ISRO said, adding that data was being analyzed.
Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from the lander to ground stations was lost, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said, his voice choking. "The data is being analysed", he added at the Mission Operations Complex at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) here as disappointment was writ large on the faces of ISRO scientists.
Scientists led by Sivan went into a huddle and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was keenly tracking the progress was briefed on the development and a sombre mood enveloped the Mission Operations Complex at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) here which quickly led to dejection; all in a span of about half an hour after the process began. Later, Sivan made the announcement that communication was lost with the lander, while Modi boosted the morale of the scientists asking them not to lose hope.
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. The "terrifying 15 minute" complex landing process, which commenced with a lot of expectation, tinged with a sense of jubiliation was going on well till the successful rough braking phase which was marked by rounds of applause. When the top ISRO scientists including its chief Sivan looked glum soon after the subsequent fine braking phase commenced, it was the first indication that all was not well.
With a mission life of one year, Chandrayaan 2’s Orbiter can take several pictures of the moon and send it to the ISRO. The Orbiter can also take pictures of the lander to know its status, an ISRO official has said. The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft comprised three segments — the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), 'Vikram' (1,471 kg, four payloads) and 'Pragyan' (27 kg, two payloads). On September 2, the Vikram separated from the Orbiter.
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. A successful landing would have made India just the fourth country to land a vessel on the lunar surface, and only the third nation to operate a robotic rover there.
What happened to Chandrayaan 2, whether it landed on the moon or if the mission ended in failure will be known only when ISRO makes a formal announcement. Support and plaudits, meanwhile, poured in for the space agency from across India, with many lauding their efforts in taking India within touching distance of the moon.
The roughly $140 million mission, known as Chandrayaan-2, was intended to study permanently shadowed moon craters that are thought to contain water deposits that were confirmed by the Chandrayaan 1 mission in 2008.
The space agency's chairman had earlier called Chandrayaan-2 the "most complex mission ever" undertaken by the space agency.
The mission lifted off on July 22 from the Satish Dhawan space centre, in Sriharikota, an island off the coast of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
After its launch on July 22, Chandrayaan 2 spent several weeks making its way to the moon, ultimately entering lunar orbit on Aug 20.
On September 2, Vikram separated from the mission's orbiter, and the lander began a series of braking maneuvers to lower its orbit and ready itself for landing.
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