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Chandrayaan-2: Contact with Indian lunar module demolished on landing approach


India wanted to become the fourth nation to succeed in landing on the moon. But shortly before touchdown on the surface, it has apparently come to problems.

The Indian Space Agency claims to have lost the communication link with their lander Vikram shortly before their first scheduled lunar landing. The approach to the moon had been normal up to 2.1 kilometers above the surface, said the head of the Indian Space Agency Isro, Kailasavadivoo Sivan. Then the contact was demolished. "The data is evaluated."

India had tried to become the fourth country to succeed in a controlled landing on Earth's satellite - after the US, the Soviet Union and China. An Israeli probe crashed in the spring on the moon in the spring after a technical error.

For India, it is the second mission to the moon. The first lunar probe Chandrayaan-1 was launched in 2008 and had orbited the moon without landing on it.

The landing at the south pole of the Earth-satellite was the hardest part of the unmanned mission Chandrayaan-2, as the head of the Indian Space Agency said. Chandrayaan means "Lunar Vehicle" in Sanskrit. The goal of the $ 142 million mission was to map the surface of the South Pole region, analyze the soil, and seek water. In the region, the Chinese probe Chang'e 4 landed in early 2019.

Source: zeit

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