India expressed their interest to join in the space race by being the fourth to land on the moon. It was launched in July and was expected to land in early September. As it reached the final stages of its landing attempt on September 6, transmissions from the spacecraft were cut and the status of the lander is uncertain.
From Space News:
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was present at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) mission operation complex at Bengaluru, told press following the communications loss that, “it is not a small thing that we have achieved. Be courageous.”
The landing attempt continues a surge of lunar-related activity in 2019, following a failed soft landing attempt by an Israeli spacecraft in April and China’s unprecedented January lunar far side landing. The United States in March announced plans to accelerate a human lunar program with the target of a first landing in 2024.
(Image credit: ISRO)