India loses contact with Mars orbiter: reports

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) may have finally reached the end of its operations after eight years in orbit around the Red Planet.

The ground stations operated by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have lost communication with the spacecraft. The precise cause is not yet clear; the orbiter may have run out of propellant, MOM’s battery may be depleted beyond the safe operating limit, or an automated maneuver may have cut communications, according to media reports.

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