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India's Moon Mission may have failed after it loses contact

India's historic attempt to land a robotic spacecraft near the South Pole side of the moon is most likely to end up a failure.

Contacts was lost at Chandrayaan-2 moments it was about to touch down at the lunar south pole. India would have been the fourth nation to make soft landing on the moon. 

"In life, there are ups and downs. The country is proud of you. And all your hard work has taught us something ... Hope for the best ... You have served the country well and served science and humanity well," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the announcement.

Chandrayaan-2 entered the Moon's orbit on 20 August and the ship was expected to land until an error occured about 2.1 km from the surface.

The country's first attempt was on 2008 for Chandrayaan-1, carried out the search for water on lunar surface using radars.

Later, Modi tweeted: "We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme." He was scheduled to address the nation later Saturday.

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