PM Modi consolidates ISRO scientists after Chandrayaan-2 setback

Special Correspondent (Bengaluru): Prime Minister Narendra Modi motivated and addressed ISRO scientists at headquarters in Bengaluru, he added: “Best is yet to come in the field of space missions.”

Prime Minister said, “We are proud of our space program. Today our resolve to touch the moon has grown ever stranger. We came very close but we need to cover more ground in the time to come. We are full of confidence that when it comes to our space mission programme the best one is yet to come. There are several places to discover and go.”

Before Chandrayaan-2 prepares for a soft landing on the moon’s south pole region, PM Narendra Modi boosts the morale of the emotional scientist and said that tenacity and resilience of our Indian scientists are appreciable. “India is with you! You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress,” he added.

The Vikram Lander named after Dr Vikram Sarabhai was expected to land at 1.55 PM on moon’s surface, “15 minutes of terror”. Communication with Chndrayaan-2 was lost just before a few seconds of soft-landing.” “Vikram lander’s descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, the communication from the lander to the ground station was lost. The data is being analysed,” K Sivan, ISRO chief summarized.

PM appreciated the ISRO chief and addressed the scientists, “what you have done (already) is not a small achievement”.

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Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan’s Message To India On Chandrayaan 2

“We are proud of India and its scientists today. Chandrayaan-2 saw some challenges last minute but the courage and hard work you have shown are historical. Knowing Prime Minister

@narendramodi, I have no doubt he and his ISRO team will make it happen one day”

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PM Narendra Modi speaks about the pride the nation holds for space agency ISRO’s scientists. After the late-night, heart-breaking announcement of losing communication with Chandrayaan 2’s lander. “India Is With You”

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PM says, our resolve has strengthened

  • “Today our resolve to touch the moon has strengthened”
  • “You all are those who etch your name on stone, not in the sand”
  • “You all came ever so close… as close as one could be to success. Learn from your experience and move forward, look forward and carry on the work you do, for there will be many opportunities ahead, many missions ahead”
  • “There will be a new dawn and a brighter tomorrow very soon”
  • “When ISRO has its encyclopedia of success, some hurdles cannot put its flight out of trajectory.

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PM Modi Tells Scientists At The ISRO Control Centre: India Is With You

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, “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”

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India’s first attempt to land on the moon went awry early Saturday when the space agency lost contact with the lander as it neared the lunar site, minutes before touchdown was expected

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“At 8 AM this morning, I would be interacting with our hardworking space scientists at the ISRO Centre in Bengaluru,” PM Modi tweets

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India’s first attempt to land on the Moon may have gone off-script but the ambitious Chandrayaan 2 mission has been far from a flop. With a mission life of one year, the Chandrayaan 2 orbiter remains in operation and will continue to study the Moon from afar

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“We are proud of our scientists. They have created history. No need to lose heart. Our scientists have done a great job. Jai Hind!”, Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister tweets.

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Nirmala Sitharaman says “We are with you @isro. You have brought the nation, it’s young minds and all, together in sensing your achievements in Space. You will succeed”

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After Chandrayaan 2 heartbreak Rahul Gandhi says

“Congratulations to the team at #ISRO for their incredible work on the Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission. Your passion & dedication is an inspiration for every Indian. Your work is not in vain. It has laid the foundation for many more path breaking & ambitious Indian space missions”

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