Sunday: 30th Aug 09
After Chandrayaan lost signals on Saturday, Indian Space Research Organisation chief Madhavan Nair has now said that the mission has been called off as the signals could not be recovered. The reason for this will be found out by an assessment committee.
Saturday: 29th Aug 09
At 0130 hrs Indian Time, Chandrayaan I spacecraft lost its radio contact with ISRO. The last signal was received by Deep Space Network at Byalalu near Bangalore at 0025 hrs. ISRO scientists are trying to correct the problem and get the signals back.
Chandrayaan I is India’s first moon mission and was launched from Sriharikota on October 22, 2008. Since then it has completed over 3400 orbits around the Moon and gathered statistical information expected of it. A month back also, Chandrayaan I suffered some snags after which it’s orbit was pushed back from 100 Km to 200 Km, leading to decrease in the quality of data.
According to ISRO, the spacecraft has already completed over 90% of its expected work and as such its loss now won’t harm the mission much. But, ISRO scientists are still trying hard to rectify the problem, although they admit it’s not going to be easy to get the spacecraft signal back.
Chandrayaan 2 is expected to be launched in 2012.