An Indian Space Research Organisation official has said that the space agency will not be briefing the media for now. The official reiterated what ISRO chief K Sivan said earlier. “The Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed till 2.1 km altitude [above Moon’s surface]. Subsequently communication was lost. Data is being analysed. Planned press conference is called off,” the official told reporters gathered at the ISRO centre in Bengaluru.
The Indian Space Research Organisation has lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lander minutes before it was to land on the Moon. Isro is analysing data from the Vikram lander’s descent and is hoping to make contact with the spacecraft. India’s second mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 was attempting to land near the south pole of the Moon. Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram houses the six-wheeled rover Pragyaan that was to explore the lunar surface for around 14 Earth days. The Chandrayaan-2 mission also consists of an orbiter that will revolve around the Moon for around a year. Updates on the Chandrayaan-2 landing are coming in from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s headquarters in Bengaluru.
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