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Modi consoles ISRO Chief Sivan

Modi consoles ISRO Chief Sivan

Modi consoles ISRO Chief Sivan
September 07
05:33 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised the “resilience and tenacity of isro scientists after India’s attempt to make a “soft” or controlled landing on the Moon’s surface and probe the unexplored lunar South Pole suffered a major setback on Saturday late night .

 

The Chandrayaan 2 lander had lost communication with ISRO, the moments before it was supposed to touch down near the south pole of the Moon. The lander, Vikram – named after the India’s space pioneer Vikram Sarabhai – was supposed to land on the moon’s surface at 1:55 am following what ISRO had described as “15 minutes of terror”. Communication with the Chandrayaan lander was just second before touch down.

PM Modi, who flew to Bengaluru on Friday nightto watch the planned touch down of the Vikram lander, hugged the ISRO chief and patted him on the back after a speech at the space agency headquarters where he said: “Our determination to touch moon has become even stronger and the best is yet to come.”

Vikram lander’s descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, the communication from the lander to ground station was lost. The data is being analysed,” the ISRO chief said around 2:16 am.

Chandrayaan’s orbiter – which has a mission life of one year – remains operational and will continue to study the Moonfrom afar and send pictures of the lunar surface to ISRO.

After the late-night, heart-breaking announcement of losing communication with Chandrayaan 2’s lander, PM Narendra Modi comforted the scientists, saying the country “was proud” of them.

 

 

 

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