PM Modi brought bad luck to ISRO, says Kumaraswamy on Chandrayaan-2

Namira Salim

Namira Salim

He was quoted saying by news agency ANI: "Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy in Mysuru: PM came to Bengaluru to give a message that he himself was landing Chandrayaan-2, scientists worked hard for 10-12 yrs, he came just for sake of advertisement".

Unfortunately, his arrival proved to be a "bad omen" for ISRO scientists, he said.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has managed to find to its moon lander Vikram on the lunar surface.

"Meanwhile the DSN24 continues emitting its beacon in hopes #VikramLander will respond.A Good Night all!" he said in a recent tweet. Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is now orbiting the Moon and was able to take pictures of the Vikram lander. However, it is important to note that all hope is not lost and there are still chances that the communication can be established again with continuous efforts, despite the limitations. "It will be communicated soon", he had said.

The Vikram lander has three payloads inside it: RAMBHA (Radio Anatomy of Moon Bound Hypersensitive Ionosphere and Atmosphere), ILSA (Instrument for Lunar Seismic Activity), and chaSTE (Chandra's Surface Thermophysical Experiment). Unfortunately, the Vikram lander lost control while trying to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface and ended up crash-landing with a communication loss.

Earlier, the USA space agency had reportedly said it will share before and after images of the location where the moon lander made a hard-landing.

The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on September 2. After revolving around the Earth's orbit for almost 23 days, the craft began its journey to the moon on August 14.

Chandrayaan-2, a project worth 978 crores Indian Rupees, was launched on July 22 into space using the heavy-lift Indian rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III).

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