PM Narendra Modi told Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) scientists to not lose hope after Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2 lost communication with the ground station on the early hours of Saturday. In his encouraging address to the scientists, PM Modi added that a major part of the mission has been successful and congratulated the space research organisation for its efforts but Isro chief K Sivan was inconsolably upset.
In fact, K Sivan broke down after the speech. PM Modi was seen consoling him with a heartfelt hug. It was an emotional moment considering the effort that went behind India’s second lunar mission.
During his address, PM Modi also said that the scientists came very close to successfully complete the mission and added that the best is yet to come.
The soft-landing of Chandrayaan-2’s landing module, Vikram, did not go according to plan as all ground communication was lost with it just moments before the scheduled landing.
Even as the mood at Isro’s complex turned gloomy, PM Modi told the scientists that the entire nation is proud of their achievements and there is no need to feel dejected.
PM Modi also highlighted how Isro has reached new heights through its contributions and is currently one of the top space research organisations in the planet.
PM Modi said, “We will rise to the occasion and scale newer heights of success. To our scientists I want to say- India is with you! You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress.”