Monday, August 31, 2009

India announces loss of Lunar Satellite

The Indian government announced today that they have lost contact with their satellite mission to the Moon, with no causes as to why the satellite has disappeared.

India's Chandrayaan-I satellite stopped transmitting back to earth on Saturday following 3422 orbits of the Moon during 312 days.

The satellite's lunar mission was hoped to last 2 years as it tookt detailed, high resolution images of the surface, and carried experiments from the United States and Europe.

India is preparing the Chandrayaan-II satellite for launch aboard a GSLV rocket by 2012. A portion of the C-II will actually be based on the lunar surface.

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