India, Sept. 12 -- French physicist and Nobel laureate Serge Haroche on Wednesday said he was certain the Indian scientists would be able to overcome the setback of the loss of contact with Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander two minutes before it was to reach the lunar surface.

"Science is something where you are going in the unknown...you have surprises, sometimes good surprises and sometimes you have bad surprises and failures," said Haroche, who won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics.

He said India has good education in mathematics, theoretical physics and in astrophysics. "I think we need to put money into small-scale physics projects even if it does not have the media attention like the moon landing," he said

Haroche is in India as part of...