Radio Contact with Chandrayan Lost

The Indian space agency has said that the radio contact with country’s first ever lunarcraft Chandrayan-1 was suddenly lost on early Saturday.

“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,” said a statement issued by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Now space scientists are appraising the telemetry data to study the physical condition of the spacecraft’s sub-systems.

It may be mentioned that the ambitious Chnadrayan was launched on October 22, 2008 from India’s only spaceport Sriharikota, situated some 90 km from northeast of Chennai, on board the polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV).

“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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