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    India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

    https://www.wired.com/story/indias-m...may-be-doomed/

    09.06.2019

    India has lost contact with its Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram, which was scheduled to land near the lunar south pole on Friday. The landing proceeded as expected until the final braking phase, at which point the lander began to deviate from its expected trajectory. When Vikram was 2 kilometers above the lunar surface, the Indian Space Research Organization lost contact with the lander. During the last contact, the lander appeared to be approaching a landing site about one kilometer downrange of its target.

    The Indian Space Research Organization hasn’t yet confirmed if the Vikram lander was destroyed upon impact, but the lack of communication from the lander is a troubling sign. If the lander did not survive the impact, India would be the second country to lose a lunar lander this year. In April, the Israeli Beresheet lunar lander also failed just before touchdown and was destroyed.

    The loss of the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover it was carrying to the lunar surface would be a big blow for India’s space program. The Chandrayaan-2 program has been a decade in the making and was India’s most ambitious space mission yet.

    But all is not lost for the mission. More than half of the scientific instruments it carried to the moon are safe on the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which will spend the next year mapping the lunar surface and studying the deposits of water ice at the south pole. Planetary scientists are particularly interested in this region of the moon because it is believed to be rich in water ice. In principle, this means it can be used for life support and manufacturing rocket fuel, which is arguably the main reason why NASA is planning to send astronauts to the lunar south pole in 2024.

    With any luck, India’s Vikram lander will be there to greet them. But if not, the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter can still provide valuable data that will build a foundation for future human missions to the lunar south pole. And hey, at least it didn’t spill any tardigrades.



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    Can't they call tech support?
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    So it went into the toilet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Collins View Post
    Can't they call tech support?

    https://www.technologyreview.com/f/6...moons-surface/


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    I was going to resist the temptation to compare this success to the similar successes of software development projects outsourced to India; but I decided not to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    I was going to resist the temptation to compare this success to the similar successes of software development projects outsourced to India; but I decided not to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    I was going to resist the temptation to compare this success to the similar successes of software development projects outsourced to India; but I decided not to.
    The $#@! that came out was't exactly the $#@! we intended.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    I'm not saying it was aliens, but it was definitely aliens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    I'm not saying it was aliens, but it was definitely aliens.
    Somebody hacked their WiFi network?

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    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    I was going to resist the temptation to compare this success to the similar successes of software development projects outsourced to India; but I decided not to.
    My company finally decided to sever our business relationship with Mindtree, a huge IT outsourcing firm. They were horrible, not just in the software development part, but in the simple business analysis part as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert089 View Post
    My company finally decided to sever our business relationship with Mindtree, a huge IT outsourcing firm. They were horrible, not just in the software development part, but in the simple business analysis part as well.
    When morons are outsourcing to morons what's the likelihood of success?

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    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    I was going to resist the temptation to compare this success to the similar successes of software development projects outsourced to India; but I decided not to.
    My guess is that the engineers are still changing their minds about where it should land.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    My guess is that the engineers are still changing their minds about where it should land.
    Or they were too busy having another meaningless conference call with no agenda when it crashed.

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    O kurwa...India cannot into space, Polan cannot into space... /sadz
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    My guess is that the engineers are still changing their minds about where it should land.
    We can always repeat it, right?



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