BANGALORE: India on Saturday lost communication with its spacecraft just before it was due to land near the South Pole of the Moon, the country's space agency said.

“The Vikram lander descent was (ongoing) as planned and normal performance was observed," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Sivan said in the control room at the southern city of Bangalore.

“Subsequently the communication from lander to ground station was lost. The data is being analysed," he said.