I started this post shortly after hearing about the likelihood the Chandrayaan-2 likely had crashed. When I checked about 2 hours ago, there were a few still holding hope there was a communication problem and the lander had successfully landed. I hope that’s the case, but most people are of the opinion it crashed. I will update this post if it turns out the lunar landed and contact has been established.
Most of the mission was a success as the orbiter is in place. It may be able to show what happened to the lunar lander based on the reports I have read.
Yesterday (India time) was the day that Chandrayaan-2 was supposed to land on the Moon. India lost contact with the craft about 2.1 km above the lunar surface – India’s first lunar lander falls silent just before touchdown – National Geographic September 6, 2019 https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/09/india-chandrayaan-2-landing-attempt-moon-lunar-south-pole/. That was on Friday, September 6, 2019 (my time zone although it was September 7th in India). I will update this post before I publish it on the off-chance, the landing craft successfully landed. The orbital part of the mission should be fine.
in this post, Chandrayaan-1 Space Saturdays April 20, 2019. It successfully launched July 22, 2019 and is scheduled to land on the Moon September 7, 2019 – https://www.isro.gov.in/chandrayaan2-home-0 and https://earthsky.org/space/india-chandrayaan-2-due-to-land-moon-sept-7-2019.
This would make India the fourth nation to soft land on the Moon. Israel would have been the fourth nation if its craft had made a soft landing. The three countries that have made successful soft landings are Russia/Soviet Union, the United States, and China. India will also be the first to make a landing near the Moon’s South Pole. Their lunar lander is in orbit and has made a number of orbital burns since it achieved orbit.
As mentioned in my link to Chandrayaan-1 post above:
The name Chandrayaan means “Moon Craft” in ancient Sanskrit, according to NASA. The Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft was based on an Indian meteorological satellite called Kalpansat. It was about the size of a refrigerator, with a dry weight (weight without fuel) of about 525 kilograms (1,160 lbs.) and was powered by a solar array that charged lithium-ion batteries on board.
Past Space Saturdays: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/space-saturdays/