India has lost contact with the Vikram spacecraft.
It was trying to land on the south pole of the Moon to set up a vehicle that would search for signs of the existence of water on the Earth’s satellite, the Indian Organization for Space Research announced.
It is not yet known whether the spacecraft landed or had an accident. The Indian organization stated that the landing of the spacecraft towards the Moon was normal up to the second kilometer from the lunar surface and that data analysis is underway to determine what happened.
The Chandrian 2 mission, for which about 140 million dollars were spent, aimed to analyze the craters on the “dark side of the moon”, which contain water reserves, which was confirmed by the Chadrian 1 mission in 2008. The new mission took off on July 22 from the space center in Satish Dawan on the island of Sriharikota, after which Chandrian 2 spent several weeks on the way to the Moon, before finally entering its orbit on August 20.
Leytelica Vikram separated from the main ship on September 2 and began a series of maneuvers to prepare for landing. With the successful landing of the spacecraft, India would become only the fourth country to do so and only the third country to deploy a robotic vehicle. Only three countries – the United States, the former Soviet Union and China – landed spacecraft on the moon, and China became the first country to reach the far side of the moon in January. In April, an Israeli spacecraft crashed just before landing on the moon.