NEW DELIVERIES – With minutes running, less than an hour to start time and dozens of leading scientists and VIPs gathered on a remote coastline, it seems that all systems have gone.
The skies were cleared after a short rain. The towering rocket stood at the start-up platform full of fuel. The rocket wore an orbital, moon, robot, and in many ways the cosmic dreams of India.
India would be the only fourth country to land on the moon (though with an unmanned rover) and the first. to reach the mysterious south pole of the moon. This was a huge step forward for the country's ambitious space program, and scientists and defense experts around the world watched whether the Indians could handle it.
But with 56 minutes to go, counting stopped. In the media center a few miles from the launch site, mission screens suddenly turned blue.
"I was alert and around, and I watched what happened to the eyes of the hawk," said Pallava Bagla. a famous journalist who attended the launch at the Satish Dhwan Space Center near Chennai. A beautiful moon shone through the clouds and begged the rocket to come to her. But then there was confusion. Everyone was trying to figure out what had gone wrong. The excitement was very high. "The countless Indians across the country, in the middle of the night, looking terrible, did not know what was going on. But they had a bad feeling.
"I had opened my laptop, followed the news, and we were all so excited that it was a huge moment of pride for all the Indians," said Nathra Berra, a space teacher. "I am sad, definite, but deep inside I fully believe that we will succeed in this mission."
After all, the Indian scientists said nothing was detrimental, but the expected release had to be postponed because it was "technically discovered when filling the cryogenic fuel rocket. They were studying printouts and printouts, they said on Monday morning, and would provide more information as soon as they received it.
Mr. A burst that has been more than 20 shots at a time has said that there is a rumble at the space center that there may be some leakage in the rocket system. Indian space scientists will not comment on this.
"We have not done anything yet," said Vivek Singh, a spokesman for the Indian Space Research Organization, a NASA version in India.
But, Mr. Singh admitted, "It was a shame."
The weather conditions were "absolutely favorable," Mr. Singh said. Monday morning it was stifling and warm in the 1990s even after midnight
The Satis Dhawan Space Center is located in a remote coastal area, far from any city, on isolated land, a barrier island. Wild cows and leopards roam freely. Several hundred journalists and officials, including Ram Nath Covind, President of India, arrived to observe the launch. At least twice.
Once in space, the orbital will follow a slow and steady (and economically advantageous) trip to the Moon, making ever-widening orbits around the Earth before being captured by the gravity of the moon and pulled into the moon's orbit. This will save fuel and it will take about 50 days.
Then the moon plane will appear and make a soft landing on the lunar dust surface, considered to be the most difficult aspect of the whole operation. The Israelis crashed landing in April, trying to do the same.
But Indians are confident they can do it, and if so, a small six-wheeler with a remote-controlled router will pop up. The router will traverse the moon's surface, near the southern pole, collecting samples and conducting experiments.
The whole mission was precisely the time to maximize the sunlight so the solar power can work. That's why the postponement of the mission poses complications.
Scientists have worked backwards starting with the exact moment they want to land on the Moon and find out that the best time to start the rocket is early Monday.
was already late several times, though he never had the rocket on the starting playground, everything was nourishing and minutes passed.
Singh said he was convinced that India's space agency would solve the problem and would soon opt for a new start, though not sure when the Indians in that country are waiting. The ability to reach the moon has triggered the emergence of national pride, especially among children studying the cosmos.
Veronica Sodhi, a charming 12-year-old woman who wants to be an astronaut, absorbed all the details of a Chandraian mission at her school near New Delhi. She was not allowed to stay to watch the launch, but she was eager to see the video later in the day.
When she woke up at 6 o'clock at school on Monday, her parents handed her the bad news.
"Do you know that feeling when you're hoping for something you really want to do and suddenly just breaks apart?"
That's what she feels, she said. That's a technical problem, "she said in a cheerful voice," and maybe in two or three months, the launch will take place. "