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 sy em..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 hel India ..yeah ..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 wons 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.
yooo84, London, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
Indians leading the way for trashing the moon... they proved so good at it on planet earth.
xoldhamer, swansea, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
Sometimes it's best sticking to what you are good at.
SomervilleBoy, somerville, United States, 11 hours ago
Yet, millions in India are starving to death - odd waste of money
I speak my mind , Somewhere in the UK, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago
And we mugs here in the UK funded this through our forced taxation!!!!!!!
mikef, Coventry, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago
Just remind me, how much aid do we still give to India?
Code1, The Land of Nod, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
And tell me why do we still send aid to India...?
dumbbomb, Bexleyheath, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago
What a waste of British taxpayers money. lt could've been better spent on improving our infrastructure.
Mikej85, London, United Kingdom, 5 hours ago
Remind me why the uk gives India million in aid each year??
Zenia, Leeds, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
Perhaps India would do well to help its poor and marginalised people than to launch these landings at far greater expense.
Roberto6, Perth, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
Maybe u should feed and house your population first.
Redge, Melbourne, Australia, 10 hours ago
Unfortunately the Indian Flight Control Centre were distracted from the multiple telemarketing calls they received from con men in Mumbai
Sixtyfive percent 0, Stockport, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago
Meanwhile most of the population defecate in the open and hundreds of thousands of women and children sleep on the streets.
James GG, Boston, United States, 11 hours ago
No money to feed it's people but they have money to waste trying to reinvent the wheel.
Mtom1975, Manchester, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
Must have been built by an Indian. The money would be better spent clearing all the shit out of the Ganges that they fling in every year.
LondonMarco, London, United Kingdom, 4 hours ago
A country that can waste so much money crashing junk into the moon but can't respect women's s, provide basic sanitation for all or even clean water to a its people is an international disgrace.
Mikej85, London, United Kingdom, 4 hours ago
But if they need aid how can they afford a space program?