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Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing Highlights: ‘We will succeed, no one can stop India’, says PM to Isro scientists after Chandrayaan glitch

Chandrayaan 2 Moon Landing Highlights: India’s Chandrayaan 2 mission lost communication with ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru after coming tantalizingly close to making a successful landing on early hours of Saturday.

By HT Correspondent | Sep 07, 2019 14:19 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ISRO control centre in Bengaluru after Vikram lander loses contact in the final minutes.

Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Chairman K Sivan informed that ISRO was analyzing the data last sent by the lander. “Subsequently, the communication was lost. The data is being analysed,” said @ISRO chairman K Sivan.

Asking scientists to not lose heart and thanking them for the milestones achieved during this historic attempt, PM Modi said, “It is not a small achievement and the country is proud of you. If the communication starts again, then the mission will be able to give us a lot of information. Let’s hope for the best.”

Chandrayaan 2, which was launched on July 22, attempted a touchdown near the moon’s south pole at 1:43 am in the wee hours of Saturday. Vikram was attempting to land on the South Pole region of Moon where no other man made mission has gone before.

Watch out the world’s reaction on Isro’s moon mission:

09:43 am IST

Randeep Singh Surjewala congratulated the team of Isro scientists

Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress leader, congratulated the team of Isro scientists for working day and night to make Chandrayaan mission possible.

 

09:38 am IST

Siddaramaiah: Big salute to Isro for taking us to the final frontier

Siddaramaiah, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, salutes the scientists at Isro for their success and achievements.

 

09:28 am IST

Rajnath Singh: Isro’s mission to reach Moon is bound to succeed

Defence minister Rajnath Singh praises Isro scientists and said that the mission to reach moon is bound to succeed.

 

09:19 am IST

Isro chief Sivan breaks down as PM Modi hugs him after moon landing glitch

K Sivan, the chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), was downcast after the space agency lost contact with Chandrayaan 2 lander ‘Vikram’ just when its descent to moon was initiated and despites words of motivation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi he could not fight back his tears.

After the Prime Minister addressed the scientists on Saturday morning, telling them to not be disheartened and to look towards the ‘new dawn’, he reached out to K Sivan to shake his hand but the scientists broke down at which the PM hugged him with words of encouragement. Sivan was seen wiping his tears and PM also appeared emotional.

08:48 am IST

PM Modi shares emotional moment with Isro chairman

PM Modi shares emotional moment with Isro chairman Sivan.

08:44 am IST

PM Modi Concludes Speech: When success is your mantra, you can never face any hurdle

PM Modi: India is one of the major space powers. The credit goes to all of you. It was Isro who were the first to reach Mars. When success is your mantra then you can never face any hurdle. Science never gets satisfied with the results, its quality is to try for more. I trust your confidence.I am meeting you all to get inspired from you. I am not here to give you a lecture.

08:41 am IST

Resilience and tenacity central to Indian ethos, says PM Modi

The resilience and tenacity are central to Indian ethos. I can proudly say that the efforts were worth it and so was the journey. Our team worked hard and those teachings will always be with us. The learning from today will make us stronger and better. There will be new hope and a brighter tomorrow. ”

08:40 am IST

PM Modi: No need to be disheartened, there is no looking back

PM Modi: If we would have been defeated by our initial difficulties, we would not have become a premier space agency. Regardless of the result, I and all of India are extremely proud of our scientists and engineers.

08:38 am IST

Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering: We are proud of India and its scientists today

Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering: We are proud of India and its scientists today. Chandrayaan2 saw some challenges last minute but courage and hard work you have shown are historical. Knowing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I have no doubt he and his ISRO team will make it happen one day.

 

08:35 am IST

Prime Minister Modi: People have got access to better life due to hard work of our space scientists

Prime Minister while addressing Isro scientists hours after the space agency lost contact with Chandrayaan-2 lander said, “The best is yet to come in our space programme; India is with you. Countless people have got access to a better life due to the hard work of our space scientists. Our determination to touch moon has become even stronger, we came very close but we need to cover more ground.”

08:30 am IST

PM Modi: There will be a new dawn and a brighter tomorrow very soon

There will be a new dawn and a brighter tomorrow very soon. There is no failure in science, only experiment and efforts. Today I can proudly say that the effort was worth it & so was the journey. Our team worked hard, traveled far & these very teachings will remain with us. The learning from today will make us stronger and better.

08:25 am IST

PM Modi: Everyone stands in solidarity with our scientists

PM Modi: For last few hours the entire nation was worried. Everyone stands in solidarity with our scientists. We are proud of our space program. Today our resolve to touch the moon has grown even stronger.

08:23 am IST

‘We will rise to the occasion and reach even newer heights of success’, says PM Modi

PM Modi: We will rise to the occasion and reach even newer heights of success. To our scientists I want to say- India is with you. You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress.

08:22 am IST

PM Modi: We have bounced back again and gone on to do spectacular things

PM Modi: In our illustrious history, we have faced moments that may have slowed us but they have never crushed our spirit. We have bounced back again and gone on to do spectacular things.This is the reason why our civilization stands tall.

08:19 am IST

PM Modi: I can proudly say that the efforts were worth it and so was the journey

“Hurdles cannot shake us. You came as close as you could. I salute the families of our space scientists. That silent but valuable support is a major asset. The resilience and tenacity are central to Indian ethos. I can proudly say that the efforts were worth it and so was the journey. Our team worked hard and those teachings will always be with us. The learning from today will make us stronger and better. There will be new hope and a brighter tomorrow. ”

08:12 am IST

‘You live and work to make India proud’: PM to ISRO scientists

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the ISRO control centre in Bengaluru after Vikram lander loses contact in the final minutes. “Every Indian is filled with spirit and confidence. We are proud of our scientists. Their hardwork has ensured better life not just for Indian citizens but for the world. We have told the world that the best is yet to come. We want to tell our scientists that India is with you.”

08:05 am IST

PM Modi arrives at Isro control centre in Bengaluru

PM Modi arrives at Isro control centre in Bengaluru

08:04 am IST

B.S. Yediyurappa: Isro’s capabilities, achievements have always made our country stand tall

B.S. Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka, boosted the morale of the team at Isro and said, “We are with you Isro. Proud of you to have dared to land at the south pole of the moon where no one else has ever attempted. Your capabilities and achievements have always made our country stand tall. This is just a success postponed.”

 

07:46 am IST

Pema Khandu: Nothing to say... just feels proud

Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, stood in support of Isro and shared pictures of Chandrayaan 2 on his twitter page.

 

07:40 am IST

Chandrayaan-2 orbiter healthy in lunar orbit: ISRO official

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 on Saturday: PTI

07:35 am IST

After five earth-bound orbit raising activities, Chandrayaan-2 was inserted into lunar orbit

On July 22, the Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 was launched into the space by India’s heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style.

After five earth-bound orbit raising activities, Chandrayaan-2 was inserted into lunar orbit.

In a last stage snag, the communication link between the moon lander and the orbiter got snapped as the former was descending towards the moon’s South Pole early on Saturday, throwing suspense over the mission’s fate.

07:23 am IST

Narendra Modi to interact with Isro scientist at 8 am

In the wake of Isro losing contact with Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter early on Saturday morning to confirm his interaction with Isro scientist at 8 am at the ISRO contro centre in Bengaluru. Isro had tweeted earlier that PM would be interacting with the nation at 8am today.

 

07:06 am IST

Pratap Khachariyawas, Rajasthan cabinet minister, congratulated the team at Isro

Pratap Khachariyawas, Cabinet Minister of (Transport and Soldiers Welfare Dept.), Govt of Rajasthan, congratulated the team at Isro for their incredible work on the Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission.

 

06:45 am IST

‘95% of Chandrayaan-2 intact as orbiter flying around moon’: Isro official

Even though the fate and the status of Vikram India’s moon lander is not known - whether it crash-landed or the communication link got cut - all is not lost as far as the Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 mission is concerned, an ISRO official said on Saturday.

“Only 5 per cent of the mission has been lost - Vikram the lander and Pragyan the rover - while the remaining 95 per cent - that is the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter - is orbiting the moon successfully,” an official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), who did not want to be identified told IANS.

With a mission life of one year, the Orbiter can take several pictures of the moon and send it to the ISRO.

06:35 am IST

Lallu Singh, BJP leader, congratulates Isro scientists

Lallu Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party leader, applauds Isro’s success and congratulates scientists for their achievement.

 

06:25 am IST

Kalraj Mishra applauds Isro’s success on twitter

Hoping that the communication will be restored, Kalraj Mishra, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, stresses on not being disappointed with the lost communication with Vikarm lander. He took to twitter and said:

 

06:13 am IST

Nirmala Sitharaman: We are with you Isro

Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, praised Isro and consoled the dejected scientists asking them to be courageous. She assured her support in future endeavours, took to twitter and said, “We are with you.”

 

06:04 am am IST

Anupam Kher stood with the Indian Space Research Organisation

Anupam Kher, Bollywood celebrity, stood with the Indian Space Research Organisation on Saturday after Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander lost contact barely 2.1 km from the moon’s surface.

 

06:00 am IST

Anand Mahindra: India can feel the heartbeat of Chandrayaan 2

Anand Mahindra, Chairman Mahindra Group, took to twitter and reached out in support of Isro’s moon mission. He said, “The communication isn’t lost. Every single person in India can feel the heartbeat of Chandrayaan 2. We can hear it whisper to us that- If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

05:44 am IST

Israel official: Will continue to follow Isro, India in future Space endeavors

Daniel Carmon, Israel official, applauds Isro’s achievement and tweeted, “India can and should be proud of its great teams of ISRO scientists who have made it a world leader in Space science and practices.I am glad I followed the Live broadcast together with so many people in India & around the world. We will continue to follow Isro and India in future Space endeavors. Good wishes from your friends in Israel.

 

4:53 am IST

“Why President? Why not Prime Minister?”, says PM Modi

Bengaluru: “Why President? Why not Prime Minister?”, says PM Modi when a student, selected through ISRO’s ‘Space Quiz’ competition to watch the landing of Vikram Lander along with him, asks him, ‘’My aim is to become the President of India. What steps should I follow?’’

 

4:41 am IST

PM Modi interacted with students from across country

Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted, earlier tonight, with the students from across the country, who were selected through ISRO’s ‘Space Quiz’ competition to watch the landing of VikramLander along with PM.

 

4:03 am IST

PM Modi to address nation at 8:00 am from ISRO control centre

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from ISRO Control Centre today at 8:00 am.

 

3:53 am IST

Entire team of ISRO has shown exemplary commitment and courage: President Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind tweets: With #Chandrayaan2 Mission, the entire team of ISRO has shown exemplary commitment and courage. The country is proud of @ISRO. We all hope for the best.

 

3:25 am IST

Your work is not in vain: Rahul Gandhi to Isro scientists

Rahul Gandhi tweets: Congratulations to the team at #ISRO for their incredible work on the Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission. Your passion & dedication is an inspiration to every Indian. Your work is not in vain. It has laid the foundation for many more path breaking & ambitious Indian space missions.

 

3:20 am IST

ISRO scientist on being asked if Vikram Lander has crashed

Deviprasad Karnik, scientist ISRO, on being asked if Vikram Lander has crashed: Data is being analysed. We don’t have any result yet. It takes time. We are not sure.

 

3:02 am IST

Communication from Lander to the ground stations was lost, data is being analyzed: Isro

2:46 am IST

Nation stands by the entire team of Isro as we wait in these tense times: Congress

2:40 am IST

Proud of our scientists! They’ve given their best: PM Modi

2:36 am IST

Proud of our scientists, they’ve created history: Arvind Kejriwal

2:35 am IST

We are proud of you ISRO: Rajyavardhan Rathore

Reacting to India’s lunar mission, BJP MP Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “We are proud of you #ISRO , there is no failure that is final, ability to take a step forward is in itself a step towards success.

2:27 am IST

The nation is proud of you, hope for the best: PM Modi on Chandrayaan-2

Talking to the scientists and students at ISRO headquarters after India lost touch with Vikram lander, PM Modi said, “There are ups and downs in life. This is not a small achievement. The nation in proud of you. Hope for the best. I congratulate you. You all have done a big service to nation, science and mankind. I am with you all the way, move forward bravely.”

2:19 am IST

Communication lost with Vikram Lander at 2.1 km from Lunar surface. Chandrayaan-2 landing, reports ANI.

1:58 am IST

ISRO Chairman briefing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi

1:49 am IST

Rough braking phase completed by Vikram lander

1:47 am IST

Vikram 50-60 kilometres away from the landing site

1:45 am IST

ISRO: Orbiter velocity has been reduced, it should come down to 146 in the next 3 minutes.

1:44 am IST

ISRO: First 6 minutes have elapsed, 4 minutes to go during the braking phase.

1:42 am IST

4 minutes have elapsed since Vikram Lander’s moon descent began

On board computers are guiding Vikram through its descent trajectory to the moon: ISRO

1:38 am IST

Descent begins, altitude is 30 kms from Moon

Chandrayaan-2’s final descent begins and the space mission is at a distance of 30 kilometres from moon.

1:32 am IST

PM Modi watches soft landing of Vikram lander at ISRO headquarters

PM Modi watches the soft landing of Vikram lander on South Pole region of moon at the ISRO Centre in Bengaluru.

1:29 am IST

Good luck, says Jeff Bezos before India’s moon landing

Amazon Founder and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos on Saturday wished India good luck as the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) got ready for the landing of India’s moon lander Vikram at the South Pole of the lunar surface.

“Rooting for team India. Good luck, India! #Chandrayaan2,” tweeted Bezos.

1:23 am IST

PM Modi arrives at ISTRAC headquarters

PM Modi has arrived at ISRO’s Tracking and Command Centre in Bengaluru. ISRO Chief K Sivan briefs him about the status of the mission.

1:10 am IST

Here are the inside visuals from ISRO headquarters as the countdown begins

00:45 am IST

Chandrayaan 2 will position India as a global powerhouse: Ex-NASA Astronaut

Former NASA astronaut Linenger, who has spent five months aboard the Russian Space Station Mir and has survived the most severe fire on an orbiting spacecraft has said that Chandrayaan 2 will awaken the outside world to say ‘Wow, India is a powerhouse’. Read full interview here.

00:30 am IST

2 Kerala students among dozens selected to watch Moon landing

Two students from Kerala are among dozens of students from across the country selected by ISRO through an online quiz to watch the final descent of the lander Vikram as it happens from the space agency’s Telemetry tracking and command network at Bengaluru.

Shivani S Prabhu is a Class 10 student of Holy Angels’ ISC School at nearby Nanthancode was selected along with Ahmed Thanveer, a Class 9 student of Army Public School, Kannur, to witness India’s historic moment along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

00:10 am IST

Chandrayaan 2 to land on moon tonight: India’s feat explained in 10 points

In just a few hours from now India’s second lunar mission-- Chandrayaan 2’s lander will attempt to touchdown on the Moon’s South Polar region making the country only the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the lunar surface till date. Read India’s feat explained in 10 points here.

23:55 pm IST

Chandrayaan 2 moon landing: Here is a timeline of India’s historic mission

Chandrayaan 2, India’s second moon mission, is slated to create history early Saturday when its `Vikram’ module makes a soft landing on moon’s south polar region. You can read the timeline of the historic mission here.

23:48 pm IST

“Less than 3 hours to go !”: Excited Isro tweets

Building up the excitement, Isro tweeted the countdown as India preps for its feat on Moon with Chandrayaan-2.

23:44 pm IST

Bengaluru over the moon as India braces for soft-landing

Excitement is building up in Bengaluru, as India’s moon lander ‘Vikram braces for a slow descent and soft-landing near the moon’s south pole in the wee hours of Saturday, followed by the rollout of its rover ‘Pragyan for a stroll after dawn.

“A sort of countdown is underway for the grand finale of the Chandrayaan-2 mission for Vikram to touch down between 1:30-2:30 a.m. on Saturday in a maiden attempt and for Pragyan to step out of it 3-4 hours later to roll over the lunar surface,” an official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS here on Friday.

11:40 pm IST

Being part of Chandrayaan-2 mission was great experience: ISRO Scientist

Nirbhay Kumar Upadhyay, a scientist who was a part of Chandrayaan-2 mission, on Friday said that his experience of working for this mission was very delightful and it was a great learning experience for him.

“Payloads are the instruments which give the scientific output for any mission. In Vikram lander, we have three payloads and I am part of one of the payloads and I have worked for the mechanical system of that payload. My experience while working for this mission was very delightful and exciting, the seniors are very helpful,” said Upadhyay.

10:57 pm IST

Pragyaan will carry out various tests on lunar surface

A few hours after Chandrayaan-2’s landing module Vikram touches down on the moon early Saturday, Rover ‘Pragyaan’ will emerge from the lander and roll out onto the lunar surface.

The touchdown of ‘Vikram’ is scheduled between 1.30 am and 2.30 am, followed by the rollout of rover between 5.30 a.m and 6.30 a.m.

9:45 pm IST

PM Modi arrives in Bengaluru ahead of Chandrayaan-2’s soft landing

PM Modi reached Yelahanka Airbase in Bengaluru hours ahead of the Chandrayaan-2’s soft landing and was welcomed by chief minister BS Yediyurappa. The Prime Minister will be at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) headquarters in Bengaluru on Saturday to watch the final descent of Chandrayaan-2 on the Moon’s surface.

7:55 pm IST

Lucknowites over the moon ahead of Chandrayaan-2 touchdown

Lucknow will celebrate a dual connect with India’s ambitious lunar mission.

Mission Director Ritu Karidhal Srivastava, who did her MSc in Physics from the University of Lucknow, and young Rashi Verma, the daughter of a farmer who has been chosen to watch the landing along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ISRO’s Bengaluru headquarters.

7:41 pm IST

Chennai students eager to witness Chandrayaan-2’s landing on Moon

School students from Chennai have expressed delight and excitement as only a few hours are left for Chandrayaan-2’s soft-landing on the lunar surface.

Koushik a student said, “Chandrayyan 2 also called ‘Vikram’ has completed almost 90 per cent of its mission and its all set to land on the surface of the moon at 1:55 in the midnight, and it will examine all the area of the moon. At this proud moment, I want to say thanks to ISRO’s K Sivan who has put a lot of efforts.”

7:36 pm IST

Special prayers held for Vikram’s successful landing

Seeking the Moon God Chandran’s blessings for the successful landing of India’s moon lander Vikram, special prayers were held at the Chandranaar Temple in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district, said a temple official. “We had a special ‘abhishekam’ and ‘archana’ today (Friday) evening, seeking the divine blessings of Chandran,” said V. Kannan, Manager at the Sri Kailasanathan Temple or the Chandranaar Temple.

7:30 pm IST

Scientists eagerly await Chandrayaan-2 landing

As the landing of India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 comes closer, the Indian scientific community awaits the moment with eager anticipation.

Director of MP Birla Auditorium, Kolkata, Dr Debiprasad Duari said, “ It is a historical day for every Indian because we know that Chandrayaan-2 will make a successful landing tonight at 1.55 am. The scientific community is very much interested to know about its findings because previously Chandrayaan 1 gave us a lot of information about the moon.”

7:15 pm IST

Vikram, Orbiter extend good wishes to each other

An animated picture posted on the Indian Space Research Organisations’ (ISRO) social media handle shows the Lunar Orbiter saying at the time of releasing Lander Vikram: “It was great travelling with you so far Vikram. Best of luck! I hope you reach the South Pole soon”. To this Vikram replies, “It was quite the journey indeed! I’ll see you around - in the orbit.”

6:47 pm IST

Chandrayaan 2 will position India as a global powerhouse: Ex-NASA Astronaut

Talking to HT’s Anonna Dutt, former NASA astronaut Jerry M Linenger said, Chandrayaan-2 mission goes beyond the people of India. “It advances the knowledge of all of mankind. With Chandrayaan 2, we will find out more about the South Pole of the moon. It adds to the existing knowledge base and will be very helpful for the decades to come for all space-faring countries that are out there exploring.”

6:46 pm IST

Why are we going to the moon? Isro tells us

According to the Isro, the Moon is the closest comic body on which space discovery can be documented. It is also a promising test bed to demonstrate technologies required for deep-space missions.

5:34 pm IST

We are landing where no one has gone before: ISRO Chief K Sivan

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief K Sivan on Friday said that Vikram module of Chandrayaan-2 will reach the moon at a place where no one else has gone before and expressed confidence about its soft landing.

“We’re going to land at a place where no one else has gone before. We’re confident about the soft landing. We’re waiting for tonight,” said Sivan while speaking to ANI.

5:30 pm IST

What makes Isro’s Chandrayaan-2 mission so special?

After Chandrayaan-1 (2008) and the Mars Orbiter Mission (2013), Chandrayaan 2 will be India’s third mission to a celestial body and the first to land on one. It will also be the first flight of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III rocket after its induction into Isro’s operational fleet of launch vehicles.

The indigenous rover and lander on Chandrayaan 2 will be India’s first step towards robotic space exploration.

Read the full story here.

5:20 IST

5 feet tall Ganesha idol inspired by Chandrayaan 2 installed in Hyderabad

A Ganesh idol has been installed in the city by Future Foundation Society to mark the launch of Chandrayaan-2, the lunar mission, by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

 

3:30 pm IST

Chandrayaan 2 theme Lord Ganpati ‘pandal’ has been set up in Mumbai

Chandrayaan2 theme Lord Ganpati ‘pandal’ has been set up in Mumbai.

 

3:10 pm IST

Chandrayaan 2 to land where no one else has gone before: ISRO Chairman K Sivan

‘We’re going to land at a place where no one else has gone before. We’re confident about the soft landing. We’re waiting for tonight,’ says ISRO Chairman K Sivan.

 

3:00 pm IST

‘Chandrayaan an attempt to divert attention from economic disaster’: Mamata Banerjee

‘As if the Chandrayaan launch is the first in the country. As if before they came to power, no such missions were taken up. It is an attempt to divert attention from economic disaster,’ says West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. 

2:30 pm IST

With Chandrayaan-2, we are doing soft landing: Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan

‘Chandrayan-1, if you compare it with Chandrayaan-2, basic difference is, here we are doing soft landing,’ says former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan.

 

02:05 pm IST

PM Modi: Extremely excited to be at the ISRO Centre in Bengaluru

I am extremely excited to be at the ISRO Centre in Bengaluru to witness the extraordinary moment in the history of India’s space programme.

 

02:04 pm IST

PM Modi: I urge you all to watch the special moments of Chandrayaan - 2

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: I urge you all to watch the special moments of Chandrayaan - 2 descending on to the Lunar South Pole!

02:03 pm IST

Chandrayaan 2 to attempt landing on South Pole of the moon on September 7

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists will be glued to their consoles tracking telemetry parameters at the Missions Operation Complex in Bengaluru, as Chandrayaan 2 attempts a soft landing near the South Pole of the moon on September 7.