Reply to post: Success rate

Roscomos: We know all about how the hole in the Soyuz went down, but we're not telling you

Michael H.F. Wilkinson

Success rate

Assuming the Indian lander failed in the last 2 km, given the distance in straight line to the moon you could argue it got 99.995% of the way, so 95-98% might even be argued to be a conservative estimate. This is not intended to knock the Indian effort, this is actual rocket science, and getting as far as they have is a huge achievement. If just one of the thousands of components fails in the hostile environment of space, things will go pear shaped very quickly indeed.

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