Published: Sun, September 08, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Indian loses contact with craft trying moon landing

Indian loses contact with craft trying moon landing

"Communications from lander to ground station was lost", said Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation early on Saturday. "The data is being analyzed", he said, surrounded by grim faces of scientists and observers in the control room.

ISRO will broadcast updates on its website (isro.gov.in) from its headquarters in Bengaluru, where Indian President Narendra Modi will be watching.

July 24: First earth bound orbit raising manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully.

"Your hard work and commitment has made our nation proud".

"The geochemical instruments on the rover will give us an indication of the materials around the landing site and give another point of ground truth for calibrating the orbital detests we now have and those that will be collected in the future", Neal noted. "You live for India's honour, I salute you".

Scientists believe that large amounts of water are in the South Pole, and Chandrayaan 2 will explore further how much there might be.

Shortly after 2:15 am, which is about over ten minutes after Vikram's scheduled touchdown time - ISRO chief K Sivan confirmed that contact with the lander had been lost. "We are full of confidence when it comes to our space programme the best is yet to come". "Hope for the best", he told workers at Mission Control. We are proud of our space programme and our scientists. Only the former Soviet Union, the USA and China have successfully landed a man-made device on the Earth's satellite so far.

Once Vikram lands near the moon's south side, it will deploy Pragyan, the Chandrayaan-2 mission's rover, which will spend 14 Earth days (one lunar day) obtaining chemical and mineral samples from the lunar surface. "In our glorious history of thousands of years, we have faced moments that may have slowed us, but they have never crushed our spirit", he said.

Artist's impression of Chandrayaan-2 from ISRO video.

This discovery gave the ISRO renewed interest in pursuing the Chandrayaan-2 for the mission to Moon. The orbiter payloads will conduct remote-sensing observations from a 100km orbit.

According to the ISRO's mission website, these experiments included "detailed topographical studies, comprehensive mineralogical analyses, and a host of other experiments on the lunar surface".

India's second mission to the moon was approved by the cabinet in September 2008, just before the launch of Chandrayaan 1.

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