India's moon lander 'Vikram' is in one piece and 'very close' to where it was supposed to land, space agency confirms after the Chandrayaan-2 mission lost contact and crash-landed moments before touchdown on Friday night
India's pioneering Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is intact after a hard landing on the lunar surface, 'very close' to its planned touch-down site.
There were fears that the lunar lander had been damaged after the Indian Space Research Organisation lost contact with it on Friday night.
But officials have now confirmed it is still in one piece and is currently lying on the lunar surface in a tilted position.
Communication has not been re-established, however.
strictlyvinyl, North Londonish, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
Why are we still giving India money when they can afford a space program?
T1967, Leeds, United Kingdom, 18 hours ago
Why are we still giving India aid money when they stated in 2012 that they didn't want it....
Rocks46, False Bay, South Africa, 20 hours ago
Paid by the Brits....disgusting!
Samy_r, Manchester, 19 hours ago
Paid by the Brits......ha ha ha.......In your dreams. Ha ha ha................
JohnA, Reading, United Kingdom, 22 hours ago
As India obviously doesn't need our aid money any more can we switch it to the Bahamas?
Bowlocks, Kirby cross, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
This is really good news, sham millions of Indians are starving in squalid conditions. Still the good ol UK can send even more cash to India to help the poor.
WelshTaffyGirl, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 17 hours ago
If India can afford space travel, they shouldn't be allowed to receive aid?
John Arulraj, Madurai, India, 20 hours ago
There are now a record 842 Indian companies operating in the UK, with combined revenues of over 48 billion (up from 46.4 billion in 2018). Together, they paid almost 684 million in corporation tax (360 million in 2018) and employed 104,783 people (104,932 in 2018). AID TO BRITAIN BY INDIANS.
TheRealThang, London, United Kingdom, 17 hours ago
Presumably the UK and its citizens are paying for the goods they produce?
SJW121, Suffragette City, United Kingdom, 21 hours ago
Let's hear it for India's space programme, meanwhile millions of their people are starving & abandoned kids are sleeping in cardboard boxes on the streets.
A Brexiteer, Coventry, United Kingdom, 21 hours ago
And we send them aid money!!
bobknee, Wokingham, United Kingdom, 17 hours ago
And we still send overseas aid to India. Indirectly we are funding their space programme.
dreadski, Plymouth, United Kingdom, 17 hours ago
A few years ago UK couldn't afford two Eurofighters for our protection,we gave India aid and they used the money to buy two Eurofighters, and we're expected to trust our go nment to do the right thing with our taxes,pathetic
Steve, somewhere_in_Switzerland, 20 hours ago
I dont understand why a country where tens if not hundreds of millions of citizens are too poor to afford to poo in the loo is blowing money on moon landings, nuclear weapons, and even nuclear submarines.
Runestone, Dublin, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
Such idiots talking about aid to India without knowing any facts. India has refused aid from UK previously. India doesn't want UK aid, but how about returning all the wealth UK looted from India during the colonial times, and reparation/ compensation for the cold blooded Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
Porschedriver, Newmarket, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
It is not loot, it is the spoils of conquest.
Terrance Tibbs, Rivendale, United Kingdom, 21 hours ago
How much aid are we giving them?
alfalb, Prt, Portugal, 21 hours ago
In 2015 you've gave them 150 M.
Wilesco, Earth Minus One., United Kingdom, 21 hours ago
Phew! That's a relief, for a moment I thought our aid money had been wasted.
Sid Little, Liverpool , United Kingdom, 21 hours ago
Why do we give money
Cullen1965, Nr Manchester, United Kingdom, 18 hours ago
Good to see the UKs ring fenced foreign aid is not going to waste, wonder how the UKs space programme is going, hang on... what programme.
balwant singh, India, India, 20 hours ago
india doing ok has more doctors more sciencetist more i t people than any other country in the world. within 20 years they will be number one.
trufflebuttter, Unknown, United Kingdom, 17 hours ago
Great, another country littering space o
Dufton, Long Eaton, United Kingdom, 21 hours ago
The Indian Government cannot provide lavatories for the majority of the population but they can afford a space programme. Paid for no doubt by UK aid.
gyzie, Newcastle , United Kingdom, 21 hours ago
Aid money has to stop now!!!!!
Whizzle, Rockall, United Kingdom, 21 hours ago
Basically, Britain paid for this fiasco.
steve777, Hunstanton, United Kingdom, 21 hours ago
World aid recipients.....
Welsh1da-, Spinning ball, United Kingdom, 18 hours ago
Hmmm that didn't end well
StinkyPrdel, Amarillo, United States, 20 hours ago
Too bad that thing crashed
arrowbrook, liverpool, 21 hours ago
We give millions in aid and India has child beggars. The money wasted doesnt make any sense either way.