Chandrayaan 2 LIVE: Learnings from today will make us better, says PM

After losing communication with the lander last night, PM Modi tweeted that he will address the nation at 8 am today.

T E Narasimhan & BS Web Team  | Chennai and New Delhi 

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GSLV-MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh | Photo: ISRO
GSLV-MkIII-M1 rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh | Photo: ISRO

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked scientists not to get disheartened by the hurdles in the and asserted that there will be a "new dawn".

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.

Earlier, the PM had tweeted, "India is proud of our scientists! They’ve given their best and have always made India proud. These are moments to be courageous, and courageous we will be!  Chairman @isro  gave updates on We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme."

Vikram, the lander of the mission called Chandrayaan 2, went silent when it was 2.1 km away from the lunar surface, said K Sivan, chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). "Subsequently the communication from lander to ground station was lost. The data is being analysed," said Sivan.

Communication was lost a few minutes before the scheduled landing at 1.55 am.

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