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Chandrayaan-I loses radio contact

Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft on top of PSLV-C11 fourth stage with Payload fairing partially covering it.
Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft on top of PSLV-C11 fourth stage with Payload fairing partially covering it.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today said it had abruptly lost radio contact with Chandrayaan-I, its lunar orbiter, at 0130 hours (IST) this morning, signalling the end of India's first moon mission.

An ISRO press release said the Deep Space Network at Byalalu near here received data from the spacecraft, during its previous orbit, upto 0025 hours.

"Detailed review of the telemetry data received from the spacecraft is in progress and health of the spacecraft subsystems is being analysed," it said.

Chandrayaan-I was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, on October 22 last year.

The spacecraft has completed 312 days in orbit, making more than 3400 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 release added.

Photo courtesy: ISRO

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