Chandrayaan 2 Landing Highlights: "With You": PM Modi To ISRO Scientists

Chandrayaan 2 Landing Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Bengaluru and is currently at the ISRO control room to watch the historic moment.

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Chandrayaan 2 Landing Highlights: 'With You': PM Modi To ISRO Scientists

Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: PM Modi talks to ISRO Chairman K Sivan (PTI)

New Delhi: 

Communications with the Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan 2 was lost before it could land on the surface of the Moon, ISRO chief K Sivan announced on Saturday. Amid uncertainty over the status of the lander, the Mr Sivan said "data is being analysed" after ISRO stopped receiving data from the lander when it was at an altitude of 2.1 km above the Moon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was at ISRO to watch the landing of Chandrayaan 2, gave a pep talk to the scientists of the Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission and said "the country was proud of them".

India had attempted history by trying to be the first nation to land close to the south pole of the Moon. Dr Sivam has called Chandrayaan 2 the "most complex mission ever undertaken by ISRO".

Here are the Highlights on Chandrayaan 2 moon mission:


Sep 07, 2019
04:42 (IST)
WATCH: PM Modi interacts with students across the country at ISRO Control Room

Sep 07, 2019
04:04 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Landing: PM Modi to address nation from ISRO Control Centre at 8 am

Sep 07, 2019
03:50 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: "We all hope for the best," tweets Ram Nath Kovind

"With #Chandrayaan2 Mission, the entire team of ISRO has shown exemplary commitment and courage. The country is proud of @ISRO. We all hope for the best," tweeted President Ram Nath Kovind.
Sep 07, 2019
03:42 (IST)
READ HERE: Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: After Vikram Silence, An Outpouring Of Encouragement From Twitter
Minutes after the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost communication with the Vikram lander when it was barely 2.1 km from the lunar surface, many took to Twitter to comfort the scientists behind the Chandrayaan 2 mission and assure them that India remains proud of their valiant attempt to place the country's footprint on a little-explored part of the Moon.
Sep 07, 2019
03:41 (IST)
READ HERE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Words Of Encouragement To ISRO: No Small Achievement, Country Proud Of You
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a small pep talk to the scientists of the Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission at the ISRO control room after communication with the Moon lander was lost.
Sep 07, 2019
03:35 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2: Communication To Chandrayaan 2 Lander Lost, Data Being Analysed, Says ISRO
Communication with the Chandrayaan 2 lander was lost seconds before it was supposed to touch down on the Moon's surface on Saturday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
Sep 07, 2019
03:34 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Landing: "Aim big," PM Modi tells students at ISRO control centre

Even as the ''Vikram'', the lander of Chandrayaan 2 lost communication with the ground station, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told students present at the ISRO Centre to "aim big in life and never let disappointment enter in the way of achieving goals", reported news agency ANI.

"Aim big in life and divide it into small parts or goals. Go for achieving these small goals and assembling it. Forget about what you miss and never let disappointment enter in the way," PM Narendra Modi was quoted as saying by ANI.

He also met students from Bhutan and asked them whether they befriended Indian students. He gave autographs and got a group photograph clicked with the students.

60 high school students who cleared an online space quiz last month were here to witness the India's endeavour.
Sep 07, 2019
03:25 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: "We don't have any result yet," said ISRO scientist Deviprasad Karnik

"Data is being analysed. We don't have any result yet. It takes time. We are not sure," said Deviprasad Karnik, ISRO scientist, quoted by ANI, on being asked if Vikram Lander has crashed.


Sep 07, 2019
03:21 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: PM Modi comforts ISRO Chairman K Sivan

PM Modi comforts ISRO Chairman K Sivan

Sep 07, 2019
03:11 (IST)
BREAKING: ISRO calls off press conference

ISRO calls off press conference
Sep 07, 2019
03:10 (IST)
READ HERE: Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: Communication To Chandrayaan 2 Lander Lost, Data Being Analysed, Says ISRO
Communication with the Chandrayaan 2 lander was lost seconds before it was supposed to touch down on the moon's surface, chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Saturday.
Sep 07, 2019
03:08 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: "Your work is not in vain," tweets Rahul Gandhi

"Congratulations to the team at #ISRO for their incredible work on the Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission. Your passion & dedication is an inspiration to every Indian. Your work is not in vain. It has laid the foundation for many more path breaking & ambitious Indian space missions," tweets Rahul Gandhi.
Sep 07, 2019
03:06 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: "Made every Indian proud," tweets Amit Shah

"ISRO's achievement with getting Chandrayaan-2 so far has made every Indian proud. India stands with our committed and hard working scientists at @isro. My best wishes for future endeavours," tweets Amit Shah.
Sep 07, 2019
03:01 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Landing: "Chin up #TeamISRO," tweets Vasundhara Raje

"Regardless of the finale - India has scripted history tonight. We are proud of our scientists at @Isro and of their commitment & hard work.

Tonight marks a new beginning and I am confident we will bounce back. Chin up #TeamISRO," tweets Vasundhara Raje.
Sep 07, 2019
02:59 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: "We shall remain hopeful," tweets Piyush Goyal

"What a phenomenal achievement!!!! We are there..... we shall remain hopeful and courageous and have no doubt that we will cover the last mile.....SOON," tweeted railways minister Piyush Goyal.
Sep 07, 2019
02:55 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: WATCH: PM Narendra Modi addresses ISRO scientists: ANI

Sep 07, 2019
02:53 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: "We are with you ISRO," tweets Nirmala Sitharaman

"We are with you @isro. You have brought the nation, it's young minds and all, together in sensing your achievements in Space. You will succeed," tweeted Nirmala Sitharaman.
Sep 07, 2019
02:50 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Landing: "Nation stands by entire team," tweets Congress

"The nation stands by the entire team of @isro as we wait in these tense times. Your hard work and commitment has made our nation proud. Jai Hind," tweets Congress.
Sep 07, 2019
02:45 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: "India can feel the heartbeat" of Chandrayaan 2, says Anand Mahindra

"The communication isn't lost. Every single person in India can feel the heartbeat of #chandrayaan2 We can hear it whisper to us that  'If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.'," tweets Anand Mahindra.
Sep 07, 2019
02:43 (IST)
READ HERE: Chandrayaan 2: Communication To Chandrayaan 2 Lander Lost, Data Being Analysed, Says ISRO
Communication with the Chandrayaan 2 lander was lost seconds before it was supposed to touch down on the moon's surface, chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Sunday. India looked to create history by becoming the first nation to reach closest to the Moon's south pole but as 1:55 am came and went there were no signs that the mission had succeeded. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was watching the landing from the mission control room was briefed by ISRO scientists and was seen leaving.
Sep 07, 2019
02:40 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: "We are proud of our scientists. They have created history," tweets Arvind Kejriwal

"We are proud of our scientists. They have created history. No need to lose heart. Our scientists have done a great job," tweets Arvind Kejriwal
Sep 07, 2019
02:37 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: PM Modi Told ISRO Scientists They Did A Great Service For Country, Humanity
Sep 07, 2019
02:35 (IST)
Chandrayan 2 Moon Landing: "India is proud of our scientists!" tweets PM Modi

"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," tweeted PM Modi.
Sep 07, 2019
02:33 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: "There are ups and downs in life," says PM Modi

"There are ups and downs in life. This is not a small achievement. The nation in proud of you. Hope for the best. I congratulate you. You all have done a big service to nation, science and mankind. I am with you all the way, move forward bravely," PM Modi was quoted as saying to ISRO scientists by news agency ANI
Sep 07, 2019
02:29 (IST)
Nation is proud of you, be courageous": PM Modi to ISRO Scientists

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses crestfallen ISRO scientists. "Nation is proud of you, be courageous," he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Sep 07, 2019
02:26 (IST)
"I am with you," PM Modi tells ISRO scientists

"I am with you," PM Modi tells ISRO scientists
Sep 07, 2019
02:24 (IST)
BREAKING: "You have done a great service to the country": PM Modi to ISRO scientists

"Country is proud of you. Congratulations from my side. You have done a great service to the country and to humankind. Your efforts will go on and I am completely with you," said PM Modi, after
Sep 07, 2019
02:22 (IST)
BREAKING: Chandrayaan 2 Landing: "Not a small achievement," says PM Modi

"Not a small achievement," says PM Modi
Sep 07, 2019
02:21 (IST)
BREAKING: Chandrayaan 2 Moon landing: Communication lost with Vikram Lander at 2.1 km from Lunar surface: ANI

Sep 07, 2019
02:19 (IST)
BREAKING: "Communication (with Vikram lander) was lost, data being analysed": ISRO Chief K Sivan

"Communication (with Vikram lander) was lost, data being analysed," says ISRO Chief K Sivan
Sep 07, 2019
02:17 (IST)
BREAKING: ISRO Chief says communication from Vikram lander lost

ISRO Chief says communication from Vikram lander lost
Sep 07, 2019
02:16 (IST)
BREAKING: Data from Chandrayaan 2's Vikram lander stopped coming in at 1.55 am

BREAKING: Data from Chandrayaan 2's Vikram lander stopped coming in at 1.55 am
Sep 07, 2019
02:15 (IST)
K Sivan briefs PM Modi on status of Vikram lander

ISRO Chief K Sivan has briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the status of landing of Vikram Lander on the south pole of the moon. #Chandrayaan2Landing: news agency ANI
Sep 07, 2019
02:07 (IST)
BREAKING: ISRO awaits data from Chandrayaan 2's Vikram lander

ISRO awaits data from Chandrayaan 2's Vikram lander
Sep 07, 2019
02:00 (IST)
BREAKING: Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: ISRO Control room awaits signal from Vikram lander

ISRO Control room awaits signal from Chandrayaan 2's Vikram lander
Sep 07, 2019
02:00 (IST)
BREAKING: ISRO Chairman K Sivan briefs PM Modi amid tense moments

ISRO Chairman K Sivan briefs PM Modi amid tense moments

Sep 07, 2019
01:59 (IST)
Lander Vikram's descent trajectory

Sep 07, 2019
01:57 (IST)
BREAKING: Tense moments at ISRO as Chandrayaan 2's Vikram lander about to land on moon surface

Tense moments at ISRO as Chandrayaan 2's Vikram lander about to land on moon surface
Sep 07, 2019
01:55 (IST)
BREAKING: Vikram moon lander completes rough braking phase

Vikram moon lander completes rough braking phase
Sep 07, 2019
01:55 (IST)
BREAKING: Powered descent of Chandrayaan-2's ''Vikram'' lander begins: ISRO

Powered descent of Chandrayaan-2's ''Vikram'' lander begins: ISRO
Sep 07, 2019
01:52 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: Rough breaking of #VikramLander ends and Fine braking phase starts

"Rough breaking of #VikramLander ends and Fine braking phase starts," tweets ISRO.
Sep 07, 2019
01:51 (IST)
BREAKING: 4 minutes to go for Chandrayaan 2 mission moon landing

4 minutes to go for Chandrayaan 2's Vikram lander to touch down on moon surface.
Sep 07, 2019
01:46 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: WATCH LIVE

Sep 07, 2019
01:45 (IST)
WATCH: Chandrayaan 2 landing: "Witnessing history unfold": PM Modi tweets

PM Narendra Modi, at the ISRO control room, tweeted. "At the @isro Centre in Bengaluru, witnessing history unfold! #Chandrayaan2," he said in the tweet, along with a video.
Sep 07, 2019
01:39 (IST)
READ HERE: Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: Vikram To Land Close To South Pole Of Moon Soon
The Chandrayaan 2 Moon mission will land on the lunar surface in less than an hour, as India looks to create history by becoming the first nation to reach closest to the Moon's south pole.
Sep 07, 2019
01:38 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: PM Modi welcomed at ISRO headquarters by chairman K Sivan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at the ISRO's Istrac centre to witness the historic landing of the Chandrayaan-2 mission's lunar lander Vikram with rover Pragyan in it on the moon early on Saturday, an official said, according to news agency IANS.

He was welcomed at the centre by ISRO Chairman K Sivan.

The Prime Minister had landed on Friday night at the IAF's Yelahanka base where Governor Vajubhai Vala, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, city Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun, Union Ministers DV Sadananda Gowda and Pralhad Joshi, ruling BJP's state unit President Nalin Kumar Kateel and top officials were present at the air base to welcome him, on his first visit to the city for the first time after the recent Lok Sabha elections.

He had then to the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (Istrac) in the Peenya industrial area of the city's northwest suburb.
Sep 07, 2019
01:34 (IST)
READ HERE: Chandrayaan 2 Moon landing: "15 Minutes Of Terror" Before Chandrayaan 2 Lands On Moon: ISRO Chief
Chandrayaan 2, India's ambitious lunar mission, is scheduled to make a soft-landing on the surface of the moon at 1:55 am on Saturday. The final manoeuvre of 30km, till the lander and the rover land on the moon's surface without any injury, will be "15 minutes of terror" even for the top scientists at space agency ISRO.
Sep 07, 2019
01:32 (IST)
READ HERE: Chandrayaan 2: Jeff Bezos Cheers For India Ahead Of Final Countdown
All eyes are on ISRO's ambitious Chandrayaan 2 mission today as India aims to create history by becoming the first nation to reach closest to the moon's south pole. Joining millions of Indians rooting for the prestigious mission's success is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who tweeted an encouraging message for India in its big moment.
Sep 07, 2019
01:32 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: See Pics: PM Modi interacts with scientists at ISRO Headquarters






Sep 07, 2019
01:24 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon landing: BREAKING: PM Modi reaches ISRO headquarters to witness Chandrayaan 2 Moon landing

PM Modi reaches ISRO headquarters to witness Chandrayaan 2 Moon landing

Sep 07, 2019
01:16 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: Jeff Bezos roots for team India

Amazon Founder and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos on Saturday wished India good luck as the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) got ready for the landing of India's moon lander Vikram at the South Pole of the lunar surface.

"Rooting for team India. Good luck, India! #Chandrayaan2," tweeted Bezos.

Bezos's Blue Origin, which aims to help people set up colonies on Moon and other planets, is preparing two rockets - New Shepard and New Glenn - for space tourism purposes.

Sep 07, 2019
01:03 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2: Ever wondered about Pragyan's different parts and how it functions?

Sep 07, 2019
01:02 (IST)
READ HERE: Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: How Pragyan Rover Will Leave India's Mark On Lunar Surface: Watch
With hours to go for the big landing, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today released an animated video depicting how the Pragyan rover will operate once it alights on the barely explored south pole of the Moon.
Sep 07, 2019
00:55 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: 2 Kerala students among dozens to watch final descent of lander Vikram

Two students from Kerala are among dozens of students from across the country selected by ISRO through an online quiz to watch the final descent of the lander Vikram as it happens from the space agency's Telemetry tracking and command network at Bengaluru.

Shivani S Prabhu is a Class 10 student of Holy Angels' ISC School at nearby Nanthancode was selected along with Ahmed Thanveer, a Class 9 student of Army Public School, Kannur, to witness India''s historic moment along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shivani is the daughter of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) employee, N Sreenivas,and G Rekha.

Thanver is the son of Abdul Salam, who works at a private architect firm and Aayishabee, a senior accountant with the Kannur defence accounts office.

The touchdown of ''Vikram'' lander is scheduled between 1.30 AM and 2.30 am, followed by the rollout of rover ''Pragyan'' between 5.30 AM and 6.30 AM.
Sep 07, 2019
00:51 (IST)
READ HERE: Chandrayaan 2 Landing: PM Modi At ISRO To Watch Chandrayaan 2's Moon Landing
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will watch the historic Chandrayaan 2 lunar landing live from the ISRO control room in Bengaluru accompanied by around 70 school students from across the country.
Sep 07, 2019
00:50 (IST)
READ HERE: Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing: Why Moon Lander Vikram Is Intelligent, Top ISRO Official Vivek Singh Explains
India's moon lander Vikram that separated from its mothership Chandrayaan 2 will not be controlled from the ground during the final moments of its descent tonight on the southernmost part of the moon, a top officer of the Indians Space Research Organisation told NDTV.
Sep 07, 2019
00:03 (IST)
Why India Is Exploring The Moon's South Pole
Packed with scientific instruments and national pride, Chandrayaan 2's moon lander Vikram is set to make a soft landing near the moon's south pole - a relatively unexplored part of Earth's natural satellite. Here is why India is exploring the south pole of the moon
Sep 06, 2019
23:44 (IST)
Why Moon Lander Vikram Is "Intelligent", Top ISRO Official Explains

India's moon lander Vikram that separated from its mothership Chandrayaan 2 will not be controlled from the ground during the final moments of its descent tonight on the southernmost part of the moon, a top officer of the Indians Space Research Organisation told NDTV. Read the full story here
Sep 06, 2019
23:42 (IST)
Explainer: How Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing Will Unfold Tonight
Sep 06, 2019
22:14 (IST)
A look inside the ISRO control room in Bengaluru

Sep 06, 2019
21:43 (IST)
PM Modi has arrived in Bengaluru ahead of the Chandrayaan 2 moon landing
Sep 06, 2019
19:00 (IST)
Amazon's Cloud Services Ready To Help India In Space Forays

As a billion-plus people wait with bated breath for the successful landing of India's moon lander Vikram, Amazon's Cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Friday said that it is more than ready with satellite commands and data, to help the country realise its dream to send deep space missions
Sep 06, 2019
18:09 (IST)
When, Where And How To Watch Chandrayaan 2's Moon Landing
With Chandrayaan 2's soft landing on moon, India looks to create history tonight by becoming the first nation to reach closest to the moon's south pole. Chandrayaan 2 is scheduled for a powered-descent between 1 am and 2am tonight, followed by its touchdown between 1:30 am and 2:30 am. Here's all you need to know on how to follow the historic moment.


Sep 06, 2019
17:48 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 To Land Tonight On Less Explored Part Of Moon

The Chandrayaan 2 moon mission is scheduled to land on the lunar surface at 1:55 am on Saturday, as India looks to create history by becoming the first nation to reach closest to the moon's south pole. The moon lander Vikram that separated from its orbiting mothership has already performed two manoeuvres to lower its altitude for a perfect touchdown between 1:30 am and 2:30 am on Saturday.


Sep 06, 2019
17:47 (IST)
"Extremely Excited": PM Modi To Retweet Your Pics Watching Moon Landing

As the final countdown for Chandrayaan 2's landing on the moon is on, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he is "extremely excited" to be at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) headquarters in Bengaluru tonight to watch the extraordinary moment in the history of India's space programme. PM Modi will witness the mega space feat live with over 60 high school students from across the country who cleared an online space quiz last month


Sep 06, 2019
17:27 (IST)
Sep 06, 2019
17:03 (IST)
Sep 06, 2019
16:04 (IST)
Ahead Of Chandrayaan-2 Landing, Indian Poet-Diplomat Abhay K Writes Moon Anthem

Ahead of the ambitious lunar mission Chandrayaan 2's soft landing on the surface of the moon, Indian poet and diplomat Abhay K has written down a Moon Anthem.

The diplomat started writing the anthem in the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, after the Chandrayaan 2 took off and started its journey towards the moon.

Its lines - "mankind''s great leap, final solace, a pit stop to explore the deep space" - goes on to call the Chandrayaan 2 mission a great leap of mankind and says it is a mere pit stop in the future explorations of deep space.

World-renowned violinist and composer Dr L Subramaniam will later compose music for the Moon Anthem and Kavita Krishnamurthy will be the singer.
Sep 06, 2019
16:01 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2's moon landing is going to be a historic moment, says Nehru Planetarium director Arvind Paranjape, adding that it will open doors for many new findings
Sep 06, 2019
15:50 (IST)
ISRO Chairman K Sivan on Chandrayaan 2 Landing

"We're going to land at a place where no one else has gone before. We're confident about the soft landing. We're waiting for tonight," ISRO Chairman K Sivan told news agency ANI
Sep 06, 2019
15:45 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 An Indigenous Mission, Says Former ISRO Scientist

Chandrayaan 2 is an independent and indigenous mission as all technologies were created by Indian scientists, former ISRO scientist Ravi Gupta said today.

"Chandrayaan 2 is an independent and indigenous mission of India as every design and technology was created by Indian scientists. When we postponed the mission, scientists reached the space centre within two hours to resolve the issue and with efforts of the whole team we are going to create history," Mr Gupta told news agency ANI
Sep 06, 2019
14:51 (IST)
What to expect after Chandrayaan 2 lands on Moon's surface?

Vikram lander and Pragyan rover are expected be active for a period of one lunar day (14 Earth days), while the orbiter is expected to remain active for a year.

They will carry out research, looking for the presence of water, mapping of moon's surface and clicking high-resolution images. The moon's south pole, where lander Vikram is headed, remains shrouded in mystery.
Sep 06, 2019
14:31 (IST)
Time For Chandrayaan 2 Landing On Moon

The Chandrayaan 2 moon mission is scheduled to land on the lunar surface at 1:55 am on Saturday. The moon lander Vikram that separated from its orbiting mothership has already performed two manoeuvres to lower its altitude for a perfect touchdown between 1:30 am and 2:30 am tonight.

The rover Pragyan will roll out from the moon lander between 5:30 am and 6:30 am.
Sep 06, 2019
14:03 (IST)
Proud moment for all of us: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Twitter says: "Today, our nation is about to create history when Chandrayaan 2 will land on the South Pole of the moon. With indigenius technology and material going in its making, we now stand among the select few nations. A proud moment for all of us."
Sep 06, 2019
14:02 (IST)
All going according to plan: ISRO chief on Chandrayaan 2

Hours before Chandrayaan 2 'Vikram' lander is scheduled to make a soft-landing on the Moon's surface, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said today that things are progressing as per plan for the much-awaited event.

"We are eagerly waiting for the event. Everything is going according to the plan," Dr Sivan told news agency Press Trust of India.
Sep 06, 2019
13:49 (IST)
What makes Chandrayaan 2 special?
  • First space mission to conduct a soft landing on the Moon's south polar region.
  • First Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface with home-grown technology.
  • First Indian mission to explore the lunar terrain with home-grown technology.
  • Fourth country ever to soft land on the lunar surface.
Sep 06, 2019
13:25 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 moon landing success will benefit crores of Indians: PM Modi

"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.
Sep 06, 2019
13:16 (IST)
The world will see exemplary prowess of our scientists: PM Modi

As India prepares to make space history by becoming only the fourth country to successfully complete a soft landing on the moon's surface, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter today to share his excitement ahead the moon mission.

"The moment 130 crore Indians were enthusiastically waiting for is here! In a few hours from now, the final descent of Chandrayaan - 2 will take place on the Lunar South Pole. India, and the rest of the world will yet again see the exemplary prowess of our space scientists," he tweeted.
Sep 06, 2019
13:05 (IST)
70 students to watch Chandrayaan 2 moon landing live with PM Modi at ISRO

Around 70 students from across the country will be watching Chandrayaan 2's scheduled soft-landing on the moon as it happens in the early hours of Saturday. The students will watch Chandrayaan 2 moon landing live along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Two students who got top scores in ISRO's online space quiz contest from each state and union territory have been invited by the space agency to watch the landing of Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module on the Moon from ISRO's centre in Bengaluru.
Sep 06, 2019
12:04 (IST)
While the Lander weighing 1,471 kg is designed to execute a soft landing on the lunar surface, the Rover, a 6-wheeled robotic vehicle named Pragyan, can travel up to 500 m and it leverages solar energy for its functioning. It can only communicate with the Lander, which was separated from the orbiter on September 2 at 1:15 pm, entering a descending orbit around the Moon.
Sep 06, 2019
10:51 (IST)
As tricky as holding a newborn: ISRO chief

"It is like suddenly somebody comes and gives you a newborn baby in your hands. Will you be able to hold without proper support? The baby will move this way that way but we should hold it. It like that, the lander will go this way or that but at the same time it has to be brought just like a baby," ISRO chief Dr K Sivan tells NDTV.

"This is a very. very complex process, and it is new to us, even for the people who have already done it, every time, it is a complex process, Here we are doing for the first time, so it will be fifteen minutes of terror for us," Dr Sivan adds.
Sep 06, 2019
09:45 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 to uncover mysteries

The moon's South Pole remains shrouded in mystery. There is a possibility of the presence of water in the permanently shadowed areas around it. The South Pole region has craters that are cold traps and contain a fossil record of the early Solar System.

ISRO has said, Chandrayaan-2 would attempt to soft land the lander "Vikram" and rover "Pragyan" in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N. While, the "Pragyan" will carry out experiments on the lunar surface for a period of one lunar day, which is equal to 14 earth days, the main orbiter would continue its mission for a year.

"From a scientific point of view, the south pole is under shadow region more than North Pole. Because of this special aspect of south pole, the presence of water and minerals is expected," ISRO Chief K Sivan had said. ISRO said craters of the moon's south pole craters have been untouched by sunlight for billions of years, offering an undisturbed record of the solar system's origins. The shadowed craters are estimated to hold nearly 100 million tons of water.
Sep 06, 2019
09:33 (IST)
ISRO wishes moon lander Vikram "best of luck"

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today morning posted a cartoon strip on Twitter based on the Chandrayaan 2 moon mission, wishing the moon lander Vikram luck.

"We have the same wishes for Vikram, Orbiter. Want to stay in touch with Vikram and Pragyan as they make their way to the untouched lunar South Pole and uncover its many mysteries? Then keep an eye out for the next edition of #CY2Chronicles!" it has tweeted with the cartoon.
Sep 06, 2019
09:28 (IST)
The Chandrayaan 2 Launch

The Chandrayaan 2 lifted off from its launch pad at Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota on July 23 on board the giant heavy-lift rocket GSLV Mark 3. India's space scientists had a narrow one-minute window for their second attempt at launching the moon mission, a week after the mission was aborted 56 minutes before lift-off.

Sep 06, 2019
09:27 (IST)
The success of the Chandrayaan 2 mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon.
Sep 06, 2019
09:26 (IST)
Chandrayaan 2 the "most complex mission"

The space agency's Chairman K Sivan has called Chandrayaan 2 the "most complex mission ever undertaken by ISRO".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and schoolchildren will see the historic landing live from the space agency's control room.

The region where the lander Vikram is heading on the moon that is little explored till date - most lunar landings have taken place in the northern hemisphere or in the equatorial region.
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