According to Indian news report the Indian space agency lost communication with its Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission.

In a setback to the nation’s ambitious plan to land an unmanned probe near the south pole of the Moonthe Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization said that “data is being analyzed.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had specially flown to witness the landmark event, comforted the scientists to not lose hope and stay courageous.

The mission took off from the spaceport of Sriharikota on July 22. After revolving around the earth’s orbit for nearly 23 days, the craft began its journey to the moon on august 14. It entered the lunar orbit on august 20 after performing the precise lunar orbiter insertion manoeuver.

Chandrayaan-2 was India’s most ambitious mission yet to cement its position as a leading low-cost space power.

The 146 million U.S. Dollars mission, if successful, would have enabled India to carry out studies on the presence of water on the south pole of the moon.

Only the United States, Russia and China have been on the moon.