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August 31, 2009

Chandrayaan India’s Moon Mission Over, Radio Contact lost with Spacecraft, ISRO

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Chandrayaan-1 moon mission is over, project Director M Annadurai said today

“The contact was lost at 01.30 IST as the deep space network (DSN) at Byalalu, about 40 km from Bangalore, received the data from the lunarcraft during the previous orbit up to 00.25 IST,” according to an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) statement.

Radio contact with India’s first lunarcraft Chandrayaan-1 was abruptly lost on Saturday, ISRO Spokesman said.

All communication links with the only indian satellite orbiting the moon have been lost. The US $ 80 million spacecraft had experienced a technical problem when one of its sensor malfunctioned.

Chandrayaan is India’s first mission to the Moon launched by Indian space agency ISRO.

“The spacecraft has completed 312 days in orbit, making over 3,400 orbits around the moon and providing large volume of data from sophisticated sensors like terrain mapping camera, hyper-spectral imager, moon mineralogy mapper and so on, meeting most of the scientific objectives of the mission,” the statement added.

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