NEW DELHI — With the minutes ticking down, less than an hour or so to launch scores and time of high scientists and V. I.P.s accumulated in a remote coastal site, it seemed that most systems were go.
The sky had cleared after having a brief drizzle. The rocket stood to the launchpad. The rocket completed an orbiter, a lunar lander, a robotic rover as well as in various ways, India’s space fantasies.
India was going to be only the fourth country to property on the moon (albeit using an unmanned rover) and the very first ever to ever get to the moon’s mysterious south pole. It was a enormous jump forward for that country’s ambitious space program, also across the planet, scientists and defense experts were watching to see whether the Indians could pull it off.
The program was supposed to launch the mission, called Chandrayaan-2, in 2:51 a.m. Monday.
However, with 56 moments the countdown ceased. At the media center a few miles from the launchpad, a blue that was clean suddenly turned.