Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraces and consoles tearful rocket scientist as India's ISRO Chandrayaan-2 moon lander is feared to have CRASHED into the surface after mission control lost contact
India's lunar lander appears to have failed in its attempt to reach the surface of the moon safely.
After what at first seemed a promising start to its descent, data for the Chandrayaan-2 mission's lander, Vikram, began to show 'wiggles' during its braking phase that signalled it may not have been headed for a smooth landing.
And moments later, communication with the craft was lost, leaving its fate up in the air.
There's now much uncertainty as to what actually happened as Vikram got closer to the surface, and whether it survived – though many suspect it crash-landed.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says it plans to analyze the data to find out what went wrong.
g844, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 14 hours ago
I hope they are proud of themselves, India should really think about it's priorities, almost a quarter of the country live in poverty, 10% of the country in extreme poverty. Is sending a rocket to the moon worth it???
Ilovefatherted, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
And yet the poor stay poor without toilets, education, a health care system..need I go on..
lady_with_a_bow, Indus Valley civilization, India, 15 hours ago
As one of the world's oldest and only continuing civilization, India pioneered in science whether it is Mathematics, astronomy, Ayurveda, etc. Einstein said, "We owe a lot to Indians, who taught us how to count. Without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made"
dan.de.lyon, soton, 13 hours ago
Remind me why we send millions in Aid and they spend millions on vanity projects.
dumbWaiter, Cheshire, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
How about finding clean water, on Earth, for your own people?
how sat, London, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
Better off feeding their people !!
dsers89, Birmingham , United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
Meanwhile India's slum dwellers are left to fend for themselves and beg to make a living.
bous gp, moon, Åland Islands, 16 hours ago
such fun to read comments by Brits , especially UK aid helping India ..yeah right ..Yawn
hoochbella83, Conwy, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
India street children are eating rat,s to survive, but goverment is trying to touch the space . . . British aid . .
lol what, Somewhere, United States, 15 hours ago
Cue jealous comments from Brits.
Plan B, London, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
Now that millions of dollars in landing on the moon have been wasted, how about landing some basic sanitation and toilets for people desperately in need on earth (poor regions of India) and using Indian taxpayers a tad bit wisely?
AitchAre, Cheshire, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
Imagine when they start sending astronauts....all clinging to the outside of the rocket
Like I say, Bexhill on Sea, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
Oh well I suppose this'll mean we'll have to top up the overseas aid pot!
Andyice, Oldham, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
Try feeding your people before going into space, what a crazy world we live in.
NBM, London, 13 hours ago
Sadly communication with lander lost. Good try India!
Transientvisitor, Derby, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
This is a country with abject poverty, no social security to talk about and a net recipient of aid. Why are they spending an absolute fortune going to the moon?
daznotts, NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
They have a space program and nuclear weapons yet 400 million Indians do not have their own toilet- shameful state of affairs!
Lars Gonaards, Chester, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago
All this money spent while over half the country lives in poverty or does not have access to property toilets or running water.