As ISRO waits with bated breath for the soft-landing of Chandrayaan-2’s ‘Vikram’ module on the Moon in the dark hours of Saturday, a top space scientist recalled his “nail-biting moment” experience during the launch of India’s first lunar mission more than a decade ago.

On the day of the Chandrayaan-1’s launch in 2008, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) faced a “very tough situation” as it had a very short launch window and the weather was “very, very bad”, Dr M Annadurai, the Project Director of the successful mission, said.

“We were running against time, that was the last date to take off, w

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