International News from World: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told space researchers in his country that he was proud of a program so close to placing a sample on the Moon. Contact with Chandrayaan-2 was lost moments before touching down at the lunar south pole was due to its Vikram module.
The craft’s destiny is not yet known, but Mr Modi said extra possibilities would be available. India would create a smooth landing on the Moon as the fourth country.
“In our space program, the best is yet to come. India is with you,” Mr Modi said.
The Chandrayaan-2 approached the Moon as normal until some 2.1 km (1.3 miles) of ground mistake happened, authorities said. India’s Space Research Organization (Isro) said it lost seconds of touch before the vessel was supposed to land.