India loses contact with lunar spacecraft

India loses contact with lunar spacecraft

The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is healthy and safe in the Lunar orbit, an ISRO official said after the Vikram lander lost contact with ground stations minutes before the touchdown on Moon's surface early on Saturday.

Indian scientists said the roughly $140 million mission was meant to study the south pole because a larger area there remains in shadow, increasing the possibility of water and making it a likely target for moon habitation.

While thanking ISRO, the Prime Minister said India was certain that there would be many more opportunities to be proud of the country and rejoice.

Modi spoke after Sivan's announcement, appearing to bolster downcast spirits in mission control as they investigated the issue. You have always given your best.

The lander (named Vikram, after the founder of Isro) carries within its belly a 27kg Moon rover with instruments to analyse the lunar soil. "I am with you".

Scientists have been hoping to land the robot spacecraft between two craters about 375 miles from the moon's unexplored south pole. "We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme".

According to Chandrayaan-1's director Mylswamy Annadurai, the new Indian mission could be a "precursor for future manned missions". "So, let us hope after the analysis done, we may be able to get the final figure", he said while talking to ANI.

What happened: The Indian Space Research Organization launched Chandrayaan-2 on July 22; it reached the moon's orbit on August 20. India's space scientists had a narrow one-minute window for their second attempt at launching the moon mission, a week after the mission was aborted 56 minutes before lift-off. "These are moments to be courageous and courageous we will be". So far, only the former Soviet Union, the United States and China have accomplished it. Israel's SpaceIL tried to join the club in April, but its Beresheet lander crashed on the lunar surface due to an engine malfunction.

The space agency's chairman had earlier called Chandrayaan-2 the "most complex mission ever" undertaken by the space agency.

Chandrayaan-2 will also be the first mission to the southern pole of the moon, where the USA intends to land astronauts by 2024. The Chandrayaan-2 pricetag includes the cost of the rocket, orbiter, lander, rover and all of the scientific payloads.

Thankfully, the most important component of the mission, the Orbiter, which will orbit the moon for at least a year, is operating normally.

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