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India Prepares to Make History with Chandrayaan-2

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History being made as India prepares to become the fourth nation to land a craft on the moon!

Update: Communication with Vikram Lander lost 2km before touchdown, but orbiter is still functional, and it found the lander.

ISRO officials were very excited about what looked to be a very successful mission on Friday. Right up until 2km above the surface of the moon. Then they lost communications with the Vikram. Had the craft landed successfully, India would have been the fourth nation to accomplish the task.

The mission, however, isn’t over. The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is still fully functional and has located the Vikram lander. At this time, however, communication with the lander has not been re-established, and details about what, if any, damage the lander sustained are not available yet.

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a statement after the loss of communications was announced: “In life, there are ups and downs. The country is proud of you. And all your hard work has taught us something … Hope for the best … You have served the country well and served science and humanity well.”

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I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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