ISRO released a press statement yesterday indicating possible loss of Chandrayaan 1, India's first moon mission. Though they seem to indicate loss of radio contact, it is in all probability that the satellite might have been lost for ever. It is worth noting however that the satellite lived up to almost half is expected age of two years, which as a first ever attempt is quite commendable (http://www.isro.gov.in/pressrelease/scripts/pressreleasein.aspx?Aug29_2009).
What I don't understand though is how reporting on each and every event attached to Chardrayaan been done particularly by the western media. All of these so called reports regarding Chandrayaan typically end like this:
"But the Indian government's space efforts have not been welcomed by all.
Some critics regard the space programme as a waste of resources in a country where millions still lack basic services."
Which I feel is nothing but quite ridiculous and some times even irritating to read (If you are following all the reports of Chandrayaan). Is this reporting or news analysis? Do these reporting guys have a "template" that are simply "applied" without any though? I wonder!
For me, I await Chandrayaan 2 launch :-)
PS: For a more detailed reports on the chain of events related to this link loss see: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Features/The-Sunday-ET/Chandrayaan-1-comes-to-end-loses-contact/articleshow/4949845.cms