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Only 60% of lunar missions in last decade successful: NASA

Washington | The success ratio of lunar missions undertaken in the last six decades is 60 percent, according to US space agency NASA’s ‘Moon Fact Sheet’.

On Saturday morning, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) attempt at a soft-landing on the moon did not go as planned, with the ground control losing communication with Chandrayaan 2’s lander Vikram during its final descent.

The lander lost communication with ground stations during its final descent. ISRO officials said, adding that the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 — second lunar mission — remains heathy and safe.

From 1958 to 2019, India as well as the US, the USSR (now Russia), Japan, the European Union, China and Israel launched different lunar missions — from orbiters, landers and flyby (orbiting the Moon, landing on the Moon and flying by the Moon).

The first successful mission to the Moon was Luna 1 by the USSR on January 4, 1959. The success had come only in the sixth mission.

The US and the USSR launched 14 missions from August 1958 to November 1959, of these, only three were successful.

Since 1990, the US, Japan, India, the European Union, China and Israel launched 19 lunar missions.

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