India loses comms with moon landing vehicle just before historic touchdown

India loses comms with moon landing vehicle just before historic touchdown
India's moon lander, Vikram. ISRO graphic

[Ed. – Well, shoot.  I was pulling for them.  Same thing that happened to Israel.  Once the lander is caught in the moon’s gravity, it’s gonna hit.  But you have to have comms and verification of a controlled, systems-operational landing for it to count.  The lander was carrying a rover too.]

India had hoped to become just the fourth country — after the United States, Russia and China — to successfully land on the Moon.

The country also aimed to be the first to land in the Southern Polar region, an area the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said was “completely unexplored”.

“The Vikram lander descent was (ongoing) as planned and normal performance was observed,” ISRO chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan said in the control room at the southern city of Bangalore.

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“Subsequently the communication from lander to ground station was lost. The data is being analysed,” he said.

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