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Inserted into lunar orbit on 8 November 2008, Chandrayaan-1 was instrumental in discovering water on the moon, and had a brief tiff with NASA over this.
The lunar night has officially begun over the Vikram landing spot. Here's what’s next with the orbiter, NASA’s camera, and ISRO.
The Chandrayaan-2 comprises of an orbiter, a lander 'Vikram' and rover 'Pragyan'.
ISRO chairman K. Sivan announced that ground control had lost communication with Vikram lander and data is being analysed.
ISRO wished Vikram and Pragyan as they make their way to the untouched lunar South Pole and uncover its many mysteries.
K Sivan said the soft landing of Chadrayaan will be almost like placing a baby on the cradle', and said this stage is causing some anxiety but 'there is no fear'.
It was not just the sheer scale or the grandeur of the Apollo-11 mission that fascinated Vikram Sarabhai.
On 26 August, ISRO released a set of pictures in which crater 'Mitra', named after physicist Sisir Kumar Mitra, can be seen.
ISRO said Chandrayaan-2 is days away from its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moon's surface.
The question is whether we as a society have the stomach for lunar settlement, as well as lunar lettuce, or not.