In science, small setbacks are stepping stones to big success

Predictable Science is an oxymoron. The present world is shaped more by the accidental discoveries and inventions in science than by the expected results. Be it the discovery of Penicillin or the invention of the non-shattering safety glass of the vehicles, we have scores of examples where a seeming setback at the beginning has turned out to be a path-breaking revelation of the hidden treasure.

Failures also allow working out of the alternative approaches which give much better results than the expected ones in the long run. The track record of Indian Space Research Organisation is a living testimony to this beauty that science beholds. The delayed start of the space programme and a tight budget have always pushed ISRO to work out brilliant frugal technologies ranging from the making of satellites to conducting extremely complex outer space missions like Chandrayaan 1 and Mangalyaan among many others.

Not to change the topic here:

‘India’s proud moment’: Nation supports ISRO after Vikram lander’s silence

Mumbai: Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) announcement that the communication with Vikram lander was lost evoked reactions from all bigwigs to common citizens across India, who stood in solidarity.

The first words of support following ISRO chairman K Sivan’s disappointing announcement came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was at the ISRO control centre in Bengaluru. “Communication has been lost. I could see the anxiety on your faces. There is no need to get disappointed because it is not a small achievement. The country is proud of you,” Modi said.

  • Publisher: Deccan Chronicle
  • Date: Sep 7, 2019, 8:57 am IST
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Chandrayaan 2 Highlights: Proud Of Our Space Programme, Scientists, Says PM Modi

ISRO Chief K Sivan briefed PM Modi, who was at the ISRO control centre, before making the announcement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed scientists at ISRO, hours after India’s attempt to make a “soft” or controlled landing on the Moon’s surface and probe the unexplored lunar South Pole suffered a major setback Saturday. The Chandrayaan 2 lander had lost communication with ISRO, the space agency had announced, moments before it was supposed to land near the south pole of the Moon.

The lander, Vikram – named after the India’s space pioneer Vikram Sarabhai – was supposed to land on the moon’s surface at 1:55 am following what ISRO had described as “15 minutes of terror”. Communication with the Chandrayaan lander was lost just seconds before touchdown.

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  • Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2019 01:40:42 +0530
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