India loses contact with Mars orbiter: reports

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

Ground stations operated by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) lost communication with the spaceship. The exact cause is not yet clear; According to media reports, the orbiter may have run out of fuel, MOM’s battery may have discharged beyond safe operating limits, or an automated maneuver may have disrupted communications.

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