September 6, 2019 / 9:09 PM / 13 days ago

REFILE-India loses contact with Chandrayaan-2 moon mission

(Refiles to correct day in first paragraph to Saturday)

By Chris Thomas

BENGALURU, Sept 7 (Reuters) - The Indian space agency lost communication with its Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission on Saturday, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation said, in a setback to the nation’s ambitious plan to land an unmanned probe near the south pole of the moon.

“Data is being analysed,” Chairman K Sivan told a room full of distraught scientists at the agency’s tracking centre in Bengaluru.

Reporting by Chris Thomas and Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Sandra Maler

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