India's attempt to become the first country to land on a robotic mission to the south pole of the moon has failed after engineers lost contact with Vikram land ̵
Scientists from the Indian Space Research Organization lost ground signal while hovering above the surface, momentarily from what would have been a successful landing.
In a statement from the ISRO Mission Control Center provided a brief explanation of what went wrong, stating that "the dropping of the unmanned landing unit was as planned and normal execution was observed up to altitude 2.1 km away. Subsequently, communication from Lander to ground stations was lost. "
" Data is being analyzed, "ISRO adds.
This is the Mission Control Center. The #VikramLander launch was planned and normal performance was monitored up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from Lander to ground stations was lost. Data is being analyzed. #ISRO
– ISRO (@isro) September 6, 2019
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, was watching the last moments of the attempt. offered words of encouragement to the Chandrayan team working on the $ 150 million project.
"India is proud of sew scientists! " wrote Modi on Twitter." They did their best and always made India proud. These are times we are bold and we will be bold! "
India is proud of our scientists ! They have done their best and have always made India proud. These are the moments that we are bold and we will be bold!
The Chairman @isro gave updates on Chandrayaan-2. We remain hopeful and will continue to work hard on our space program.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 6, 2019
Scientists hoped to land a robotic spacecraft between two craters about 375 miles from the moon's unexplored south pole.
Earth was to launch a small solar motor equipped with 4 billion-year-old moon soil collection and analysis tools.
Successful pressing would make India an exclusive club of countries that successfully completed the soft landing on the lunar surface. So far, only the former Soviet Union, the United States and China have done so.
Several of the early attempts by the United States and the Council for the Soft, Robotic Moon Landing in the 1960s were unsuccessful.
Part of Chandrayan-2's mission, the orbiter, remains operational.
The disappointing lunar mission on Saturday came just over a decade after India launched Chandrayan-1, a satellite that launched a projectile in the south of the Moon Pole in search of water.