Mission controllers lost communication with the Indian Chandrayan-2 landing this afternoon, shortly before it was expected to settle on the moon's surface.
The descent went smoothly until the lander was about 2 kilometers above the surface, an Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) official reported at the Mission Control Center in Bengaluru. At that point, 'communication from the land of [the] to the ground station [the] was lost. The data is being analyzed, "says the official.
Following the apparent accident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: " India is proud of our scientists! They did their best and always made India proud. These are the moments to be brave and to be bold! President @isro has provided updates on Chandrayaan-2. We remain hopeful and will continue to work hard on our space program. ”
India is proud of our scientists! They did their best and always made India proud. These are the moments to be courageous and courageous!
Chairman @isro provided updates on Chandrayan-2. We remain hopeful and will continue to work hard on our space program.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 6, 2019
Modi was in control of the mission as the lander descended.
India is trying to become the fourth country to place a spacecraft softly on the lunar surface, behind Russia, the United States and China.
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