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India loses contact with its probe that was to land on the south pole of the Moon

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — India lost all communication with its machine which was to be the first to land on the lunar south pole, an area totally unexplored until now. Nevertheless, all hopes are not yet lost, assure the authorities of the country.

The Indian space agency announced Saturday that it had lost contact with its spacecraft while it was preparing to alun.

“The descent of the Vikram undercarriage was proceeding as planned,” said Sivan, president of the space agency (ISRO), in the control room in Bangalore (south). “Then the communication between the undercarriage and the ground control was lost. The data is being analyzed, “he added.

India is trying to become the fourth nation in the world to put a device on the moon, after the Soviet Union, the United States and China, says AFP.

It would be the first to land on the lunar south pole, a totally unexplored area, stressed the ISRO.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who made the trip to Bangalore, assured scientists after the announcement of K. Sivan that “what (they) had done was not a small feat”.

“Life has ups and downs. Your hard work has taught us a lot and the whole country is proud of you, “he added.

“If the communication (with the lander) is restored (…) all hopes are allowed (…) Our journey will continue. Be strong. I am with you, “assured the Prime Minister.

ISRO had anticipated a delicate moment by saying it was preparing to live “15 minutes of terror” during the lunar landing attempt.

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