Chandrayaan-2: Window of opportunity to relink with lander closing in

Hopes to salvage the lander-rover, part of India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission, are fading with the window of opportunity to restore link with ‘Vikram’ closing in in about a week’s time. Continue Reading

Chandrayaan-2: Vikram silent, but sound victory for India

India’s attempt to create history by becoming the first nation to land close to the south pole of the Moon faced a minor setback today, after Chandrayaan-2’s lander ‘Vikram’ lost communication with the ground stations just ahead of the soft landing. Continue Reading

Political leaders rally around ISRO, say no need to lose heart

Morale boosting messages poured in from various quarters for ISRO as several leaders asked the space agency not to get disheartened after Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander lost contact with ground stations minutes before its planned touchdown on the lunar surface. Continue Reading

PM Modi hugs, consoles an emotional ISRO chief Sivan

After a pep talk to scientists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday gave a long and tight hug to an emotional ISRO chief K Sivan, who was in tears, unable to come to terms over lander Vikram’s unsuccessful bid to soft-land on the moon. Continue Reading

Chandrayaan-2: Country stands by ISRO, says Congress

The Congress on Saturday said the country “stands by” ISRO after the space agency lost communication with its moon lander, and asserted that its effort was “not in vain” and laid the foundation for future missions. Continue Reading

Chandrayaan-2: There will be a new dawn, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today 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.” Continue Reading

May have lost lander, rover: ISRO official

ISRO may have lost Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander and rover Pragyan housed inside it, a senior official of the space agency associated with the unmanned moon mission said here Saturday. Continue Reading

Chandrayaan-2: No need to get dejected, PM tells ISRO scientists

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed solidarity with ISRO scientists after Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module lost communication with the ground station during the powered descent leading to huge disappointment. Continue Reading

Chandrayaan-2 orbiter healthy in lunar orbit: ISRO

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 today. Continue Reading

ISRO’s plan to soft land on Moon fails to go as per script

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. Continue Reading