India failed to become the fourth country to reach the Moon, behind the United States, Russia and China, after the controllers lost communication with the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, which was to land on the surface of the Earth's natural satellite.
"The descent was carried out as planned, but subsequently communication between the Vikram landing module and the ground station was lost", Kailasavadivoo Sivan, president of the Space Research Organization of India, reported from the control room in Bangalore.
Following Sivan's announcement, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who traveled to the Bangalore space center to see the moon landing, thanked the scientists for the work done.
"India is proud of you. You have given your best," said Modi, quoted by The Times of india.
"If communication (with the module) is restored again … hope for the best. Our journey will continue. Be strong. I am with you," he added.
Later on and through Twitter, Modi wrote "these are times to be brave, and we will be brave."
The Vikram descent module of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, launched on July 22 from a platform in southern India, was due to settle between 01:30 and 02:30 on this Saturday near the south pole of the Moon, after a month and a half of orbital rotations around the Earth.
Once immobilized, he had to release between 05:30 and 06:30 a small mobile robot, which would have to work thanks to solar energy for about 14 days and record scientific samples.
The objective of the Chandrayaan-2 mission was to map the surface of the previously unexplored region of the South Pole, examine its composition and look for water.
If the moon landing had occurred, India would have become the fourth country to achieve it., joining the United States, Russia and China, who got it in the hidden face this year. In April, an attempt by Israel also ended in failure.
For India, it is the second mission to Moon, since the first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, was launched in 2008 and orbited the Earth's natural satellite, without landing on it.