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India has lost contact with a spacecraft it was attempting to land on the moon, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation said.

It is a setback to the nation’s ambitious plans to become the first country to probe the unexplored lunar south pole.

The lander was attempting a “soft,” landing near the south pole of the moon where scientists believe there could be water ice.

ISRO lost communication with it just as it was about to land on the moon.

Investigations are ongoing.

-Noah Harte