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India loses contact with Chandrayaan-2, moon mission appears to end in failure

India loses contact with Chandrayaan-2, moon mission appears to end in failure

BENGALURU (Web Desk / Reuters) - The Indian space agency lost communication with its Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission on Saturday, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation said, in a setback to the nation’s ambitious plan to land an unmanned probe near the south pole of the moon.

“Data is being analysed,” Chairman K Sivan told a room full of distraught scientists at the agency’s tracking centre in Bengaluru.

Vikram, the lander of Chandrayaan 2, was scheduled to touch down between 1:30-2:30 am on Saturday Indian time (2000-2100 GMT Friday). 

Until now only the United States, Russia and China have successfully landed on the Moon but India has failed in its attempt to land in the region of the lunar South Pole.

Soon after failure of ISRO moon mission failure, people shared mixed reactions on Twitter: