Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter Doing Extremely Well: ISRO Chief Sivan

Catch all the live updates on Chandrayaan-2 mission’s moon landing here.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with ISRO scientists at Bengaluru headquarters.

The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter's ensemble of eight scientific instruments was performing very well and is expected to continue its stellar work for about seven and a half years, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said on Saturday, 21 September.

As the prospects of re-establishing contact with Chandrayaan-2's 'Vikram' lander have virtually ended after the conclusion of 14 Earth days, ISRO said it will take up a study to ascertain what exactly happened to it.

ISRO lost contact with Vikram, which encased the rover, Pragyan in the early hours of 7 September, seconds before touchdown on the lunar surface.

  • Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is healthy and safe in the lunar orbit
  • ISRO chairman says data is being analysed on why communication was lost in the final moments before landing
  • Chandrayaan-2 orbiter to continue to circle the moon for seven years, ISRO said

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11:42 AM, 06 Sep

What Will Happen After Chandrayaan-2 Landing?

Following the landing of 'Vikram', the rover 'Pragyaan' will roll out from the lander between 5:30 am and 6:30 am.

While the 'Pragyaan' 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 will continue its mission for a year.

According to ISRO, the mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft landing and roving on the lunar surface.

On the science front, the mission aims to further expand the knowledge about the moon through a detailed study of its topography, mineralogy, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics and atmosphere, leading to a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon.

11:44 AM, 06 Sep

ISRO Tweets Cartoon Ahead of 'Vikram' Landing

11:42 AM, 06 Sep

Chandrayaan-2 Mission Manifests the Best of Indian Talent: PM Modi

Hours before moon lander 'Vikram' touches down in the lunar south pole region, PM Narendra Modi on Friday said the mission manifests the best of Indian talent and spirit of tenacity.

"Its success will benefit crores of Indians," he said in a series of tweets.

2:39 PM, 06 Sep

Former ISRO Scientist Explains the Difference Between Chandrayaan 1 and 2

Speaking to ANI ahead of the Chandrayaan-2 mission landing on the moon, former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan said, “Chandrayaan-1, if you compare it with Chandrayaan-2, the basic difference is, here we are doing a soft landing. The former was done by PSLV and here we are using GSLV Mk III, meaning that we have more payload capability.”

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