India’s ambition to become the fourth country after the United States, Russia, and China, to successfully land on the Moon failed on Saturday when the control room lost contact with its unmanned spacecraft just before it was due to land on the Moon.
The mood in mission control in the southern city of Bangalore soon deteriorated when it became clear that everything was not going according to plan.
After several tense minutes as the expected landing time came and went, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) chairman, Kailasavadivoo Sivan, announced that communication with the lander had been lost.
“Subsequently the communication from the lander to the ground station was lost. The data is being analyzed,” he said.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi offer words of encouragement after Sivan’s announcement saying “what you have done (already) is not a small achievement”. (NAN).