As a billion Indians waited with bated breath to witness the touchdown of Vikram lander onto the Moon, it lost contact with ISRO.
K Sivan, the chief of the space organization and the project director, said, "Vikram descent was normal and as planned up till an altitude of 2.1 km, after which communication was lost."
He added the data is being analyzed.
Initial phases of descent were successful
The descent of the Moon lander started at 1:37 am, and the initial phases were absolutely successful. Subsequently, the powered descent, which means rough braking of the lander began.
But as the lander neared the lunar surface, it lost contact with ISRO, making the atmosphere tensed.
It's still not clear what caused this roadblock in the communication.
Nevertheless, we are proud, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi at ISRO: There are ups and downs in life. This is not a small achievement. The nation in proud of you. Hope for the best. I congratulate you. You all have done a big service to nation, science and mankind. I am with you all the way, move forward bravely. pic.twitter.com/h6r1kwYlsC