Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made a big revelation on why he attended ISRO's historic Chandrayaan 2's moon landing quest despite knowing that it might not be a safe and expected touch down for Vikram Lander. PM Modi revealed that there were words of caution against attending the event as success was not guaranteed considering the risks involved.
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will pay tribute to India's lunar mission 'Chandrayaan.'
With 13 accomplished missions, including the launching of 50 foreign satellites, to an unsuccessful Chandrayaan-2 in 2019, ISRO has resolved to alight its lander on the lunar surface with Chandrayaan-3 in addition to a maiden solar expedition in 2020.
India's maiden attempt to soft-land on the moon during the Chandrayaan-2 mission failed in September last year, as its spacecraft Vikram 'crash-landed' near the moon's south pole due to a velocity glitch, a top space official said on Wednesday.
From India's Chandrayaan 2 mission to the first all-women spacewalk and commercial crew milestones by US-based companies, 2019 offered several exciting moments for space enthusiasts.
Vikram had lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a soft landing near the moon's south pole.
'No body knows me' is how Shanmuga Subramanian describes himself on his Facebook Page. Come Tuesday morning and world knows that the Chennai man - a Technical Architect at Lennox India Technology Centre has helped NASA and ISRO locate India's - Vikram the Lander. This is Shanmuga's story.
On October 3, Subramanian, a Chennai-based mechanical engineer, had tagged the twitter handles of NASA, LRO and ISRO in a tweet, asking, "Is this Vikram lander? (1 km from the landing spot) Lander might have been buried in Lunar sand?".
The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.
Explaining Chandrayaan-2's journey after its launch, Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh said after accomplishing four earth-bound maneuvers and Trans Lunar Injection, the spacecraft was successfully inserted into Moon's orbit on August 20.
Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander hard-landed as reduction in velocity during its descent was more than the designed parameters, the government said on Wednesday throwing more light on ISRO's dashed hopes of making a soft landing on the lunar surface in its maiden attempt.
Chandrayaan-2's Terrain Mapping Camera has captured a three-dimensional (3D) view of a crater on the Moon. The imaged 3D view was posted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday.
Replying to media's query if that if the ISRO would attempt another landing on Moon's south pole, Sivan replied, "Definitely".
As part of its early operation, it has detected 40Ar in the lunar exosphere from an altitude of about100 km, capturing the day-night variations of concentration.
On September 7, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) attempted a soft landing of Vikram on the uncharted lunar south pole, before losing communication with the lander.
Chandrayaan-2's IIRS payload has acquired the first illuminated image of the lunar surface, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Thursday. IIRS is designed to measure reflected sunlight from the lunar surface in narrow and continguous spectral channels.
The US space agency had earlier said its LRO had passed over the landing site of Vikram on September 17 and acquired a set of high-resolution images of the area.
According to the ISRO, the pictures taken by the Orbiter from a height of 100 km from the moon surface are part of the Boguslawsky E Crater -- measuring about 14 km in diameter and 3 km depth -- and surroundings which lie in the Southern Polar region of the moon.
CLASS, a payload aboard India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan2’s Orbiter payload, in its first few days of observation, detected charged particles, and its intensity variations, the Indian Space Research Organisation said on Thursday.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is continuing to spring Chandrayaan-2's Vikram Lander to life. ISRO has not given up efforts even after three weeks after Vikram's hard-landing on the lunar surface.
Vikram was scheduled to touch down on September 7. This event was India's first attempt at a soft landing on the Moon.
Anne Devereaux, working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA, is the lead flight system engineer for the US space agency's Mars 2020 mission.
The sun has set on the Vikram landing site, located near the lunar south pole, and the lander was not designed to survive the frigid, dark lunar night.
Should the Indian space agency rearrange its priorities was the question posed.
While addressing the eighth convocation of IIT, Bhubaneswar, K Sivan said that the plan to make a soft landing on the lunar surface by Chandrayaan-2's 'Vikram' module did not go as per script but it will not have any bearing with on ISRO's Gaganyaan mission.
Dr. Thakkar said since it involves a large sum of public money, ISRO and those involved must ask difficult questions of themselves beyond just sentimentalism.
Sivan also said Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is doing well and performing scheduled science experiments.
The lander was designed to work on the surface of the moon during relative daylight. It was designed for a soft landing but had made a hard landing. To top it all, it had an operational life of 14 earth days, which ended Saturday morning.
In its latest update on Chandrayaan-2, ISRO said a national-level committee comprising academics and ISRO experts are analysing the cause of communication loss with Vikram Lander ahead of its planned soft landing on the lunar surface.