Contact lost with India’s Chandrayaan-2 moon rover

2019-09-07 at 07:45

India’s historic attempt to soft land a rover on the moon may have ended in failure moments before landing and scientists scrambled to analyze the final communication from Chandrayaan-2.

The chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation said ‘Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed till the altitude of 2.1 km.

Subsequently the communication from the lander to ground station was lost. The data is being analyzed’.

The control room in the city of Bangalore filled with scientists underwent a visible change as updates from the lander faded.

The crowd had celebrated every small step during the controlled descent and at 1:55 a.m. local time today, however the moment the landing was expected to take place, silence descended.

Images of the controlled descent in the control room showed an abrupt break in the otherwise controlled normal descent.

The next phase would have been a rover traveling on the lunar surface and collecting mineral and chemical samples for remote scientific analysis.

Unlike previous attempts by other countries, India was attempting to land its rover on the far side of the moon, an area that has been left largely unexplored during other missions.