PM Modi, other leaders rally around ISRO, say we are proud of our scientists

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, the communication loss from the Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan 2 with the ground stations has not weakened our spirits but it has become stronger.

Addressing the nation from ISRO Centre in Bengaluru this morning, Mr. Modi said that we have not deviated from our goal due to the obstacle that came in the path. He told the scientists that they are the people who live for the nation and dedicate their entire lives to make the country proud. He said, in our glorious history, we have faced moments that may have slowed us but they have never crushed our spirit. The Prime Minister said, we have bounced back again and gone on to do spectacular things.

Earlier in the wee hours today, the lander of the lunar craft Chandrayaan 2 had gone incommunicado just minutes before its planned soft landing near the moon’s the South Pole. A statement from the ISRO Mission Control Centre in Bengaluru says, the Vikram Lander descent was initiated as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, the communication from the Lander to the ground stations was lost.

The ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan also confirmed that the lander has lost its touch with humans.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was also in the ISRO control room to watch Chandrayaan 2 lunar landing live, patted the ISRO scientists and asked them to move forward.

The President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the entire team of ISRO scientists for showing exemplary commitment and courage. In a tweet he said, the country is proud of ISRO. The President further said, we all hope for the best.

Morale boosting messages also poured in from various quarters for ISRO as several leaders asked the space agency not to get disheartened after Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander lost contact with ground stations minutes before its planned touchdown on the lunar surface.

Home Minister Amit Shah has said India stands with its hard-working scientists at ISRO. In a tweet, Mr Shah said, ISRO’s achievement with getting Chandrayaan-2 so far has made every Indian proud.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, people are immensely proud of Indian scientists. They have been a source of perennial inspiration with their vision, commitment & tenacity.

In a tweet, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said it has laid the foundation for many more path-breaking and ambitious space missions. He said, the passion and dedication of scientists are an inspiration to every Indian and their work is not in vain.

The Hindu

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