India has identified a probe it was trying to land on the moon but has not yet been able to contact it, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said, Reuters reported on Tuesday September 10th.
The Chandrian-2 probe was trying to make a "smooth" landing near the moon's south pole on Saturday when it lost contact with ground observation during the final stage of the landing.
Space experts said the probe may have landed more quickly than planned and hit the moon, a setback for India's space programme that has captured the imagination of millions of Indians.
The ISRO said the lunar orbiter Chandrian-2 had located the probe but could not determine if it had been damaged.
"Every effort is being made to contact the probe," the state-run organisation wrote on Twitter.
Only the United States, Russia and China have managed to land on the moon. China's Chang'e-4 probe landed on the dark side of the moon this year. Scientists believe the moon's south pole may contain frozen water.