Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the scientists of ISRO calling them “exceptional professionals” whom the nation and the world at large stands by. He said every person was aware of the amount of disappointment they were feeling following the Vikram lander setback.
He once again reiterated the pride the nation felt at Indian Space Research Organisation’s ambitious attempt to make the Chandrayaan-2 mission a success.
Today I can proudly say that the effort was worth it & so was the journey. Our team worked hard, traveled far & these very teachings will remain with us. The learning from today will make us stronger and better.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked ISRO scientists not to get disheartened by the hurdles in the moon mission Chandrayaan-2 and asserted that there will be a “new dawn”.
ISRO’s plan to soft land Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module on the Lunar surface did not go as per script in the early hours of Saturday, with the lander losing communication with ground stations during its final descent.
Addressing the scientists hours after ISRO announced that it had lost communication with the lander, he also said that the country’s determination to land on the moon has become even stronger.
“We came very close, but we need to cover more ground…. Learnings from today will make us stronger and better,” he told the scientists, adding, “The best is yet to come in our space programme. India is with you.”
Modi had earlier watched the proceedings as the lander began its descent towards the moon surface at an ISRO centre here.