9/8/2019 0 Comments
India has lost contact with the Vikram spacecraft that tried to land on the moon's south pole to land a vehicle to look for signs of water on Earth's satellite, the Indian Space Research Organization announced today.
It is still unclear whether the aircraft landed or had an accident.
The Indian organization said the landing of the aircraft was normal to the second kilometer of the lunar surface and that data was being analyzed to determine what had happened.
The Chandrayaan-2 mission, which spent about $ 140m, aimed to analyze the craters on the "dark side of the moon", which has water reserves, as confirmed by the 2008 Chandrayaan-1 mission.
The new mission began on July 22 from Satish Dhawan Space Center on the island of Chiharikota, after which Chandrayaan-2 spent several weeks on its way to the moon to finally enter orbit on August 20. The Vikram spacecraft departed the main ship on September 2 and launched a series of maneuvers to prepare for landing.
With the successful landing of the spacecraft, India would become the fourth country to do so and only the third country to install a robotic vehicle.
Only three countries - the United States, the former Soviet Union, and China - landed on the moon, and China, in January, became the first country to reach the far end of the moon.
In April, an Israeli spacecraft crashed just moments before landing on the moon.
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