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- ISRO lost contact with the Vikram lander in the early hours of Saturday
- The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is still healthy, ISRO had revealed earlier
- ISRO called the Chandrayaan-2 mission a unique one
Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission has accomplished 90 to 95 percent of its mission objectives, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a new statement on Saturday following the loss of contact with the Vikram lander in the early hours of the day. ISRO said the “precise launch and mission management” had given the orbiter a life of “almost 7 years instead of the planned one year.” The space agency also listed the achievements of the mission thus far. ISRO has not yet provided the results of its analysis of the data collected from the lander, something it said it was doing in an earlier update today.
In an update on its site, ISRO said, “the success criteria was defined for each and every phase of the [Chandrayaan-2] mission and till date 90 to 95 percent of the mission objectives have been accomplished and will continue contribute to Lunar science , notwithstanding the loss of communication with the [Vikram] Lander.” The statement was shared on Twitter as well.