India's attempt to become the 4th country to reach moon fails

India's attempt to become the 4th country to reach moon fails

Vikram probe may have crashed into the moon when landing. Communication was lost two kilometers before landing.

India has failed to become the fourth country - after the US, Russia and China - to land on the moon. Yesterday, Indian scientists lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 moon lander. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's disappointment as he left the control room was visible. But the reasons for the failure are not officially known yet.

"It is possible that the probe has landed in an unfavorable position and that the antenna was tilted, losing touch with the orbiting probe that sends signals to Earth," astronomer Cássio Barbosa told Brazilian newspaper Globo. "Another possibility is that the engine has failed in the final moments. In that case, the module collides with the moon surface and disintegrates due to high speed," the expert said.

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