India’s mission to land an unmanned spacecraft at moon has failed as its space agency lost communication with its Chandrayaan-2 lunar craft today. The Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation K Sivan said data is being analysed in order to know the causes of lost communication.
It is a major setback to the ambitious plan of India, where twenty-two percent of population lives under the poverty line and over 1.6 billion people lack adequate housing.
“The Vikram lander descent was (ongoing) as planned and normal performance was observed,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Sivan said in the control room at the southern city of Bangalore. “Subsequently the communication from lander to ground station was lost. The data is being analysed,” he said.
Following its launch on July 22, Chandrayaan-2 spent the last several weeks inching its way to the moon, ultimately entering lunar orbit on August 20. On September 2, Vikram separated from the mission’s orbiter, and the newly freed lander began a series of braking maneuvers to lower its orbit and ready itself for landing.
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13 November, 2019