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India’s second lunar mission ends in failure

India’s attempt to become the first nation to land a spaceship near the Moon’s unexplored south pole appears to have failed.

The Chandrayaan-2 had approached the Moon as normal until an error occurred about 2.1 kilometres from the surface.

According to the country’s Space Research Organization (Isro), the craft lost contact with mission control seconds before it was expected to land.

India was aiming to become the fourth nation to make a soft landing on the Moon, behind Russia, the US and China.

Its first Moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, in 2008, carried out the first and most detailed search for water on the lunar surface using radars.