The communication from the lander, Vikram, to ground station was lost during its powered descent to the lunar surface in the early hours and data is being analysed, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
Prominent actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Hassan, offered words of encouragement to ISRO scientists and hailed them for the mission.
Shah Rukh tweeted:
Sometimes we don’t land or arrive at the destination we want to. The important thing is we took off and had the Hope and Belief we can. Our current situation is never and not our final destination. That always comes in time and belief! Proud of #ISRO
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 7, 2019
The 1,471-kg lander of Chandrayaan-2 first Indian mission to explore the lunar terrain with home-grown technology is named Vikram after Dr Vikram A Sarabhai, the father of the Indian space programme. The lander was designed to execute a soft landing on the lunar surface, and to function for one lunar day, which is equivalent to about 14 earth days.
Amitabh tweetedn “Pride never did face defeat… Our pride, our victory… Proud of you ISRO,”
Hassan said Chandrayaan-2 mission does not “tantamount to failure” and added that country will soon succeed in its endeavours to reach Moon. “In Research and Development, there will be a learning curve. This is that precious learning moment. We will soon be on the Moon, Thanks to #ISRO. The Nation believes and applauds ISRO,” he posted.
Akshay Kumar said that in science, success is not always guaranteed but one should keep moving ahead. Actor Anil Kapoor said Chandrayaan-2 will forever remain a “remarkable achievement”.