UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Indian lunar program includes the Chandrayan-1, which was sent to the Earth’s satellite in 2008. On August 29, 2009, after the device remained in lunar orbit for 312 days, communication with the device was lost.
Then, in July 2019, India launched the Chandrayan-2 mission, which was also to explore the surface of the moon after landing on it.
However, now the Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) has reported that it has lost contact with the second mission apparatus. The launch of the Vikram landing module took place as planned. Normal performance was observed at an altitude of up to 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from the landing module to ground stations was lost.
The last successful operation of the Chandrayaan-2 apparatus, according to the ISRO website, was the descent maneuver. After that, no news was received from the mission. According to ISRO, they analyze the problems that have arisen and try to establish communication with the device. It is still not known exactly whether it crashed on the surface of the moon or not.
This is Mission Control Center. #VikramLander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from Lander to the ground stations was lost. Data is being analyzed. #ISRO
– ISRO (@isro) September 6, 2019
In 2024, India plans to launch the third device of its lunar mission – Chandrayaan-3. The lander will carry a lunar rover designed to explore the south pole of the moon. The mission is planned in conjunction with the Japan Space Research Agency.
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