Hyderabad: Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) chief K. Sivan broke down as Chandrayaan – 2 failed in its attempt to explore the Moon. Lander Vikram lost signal 2.1km away from the Moon’s surface.
The Vikram lander was supposed to land on the Moon’s surface at 1:55 am, with the rover ‘Pragyaan’ rolling out at around 3:55 am. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as the Lander Vikram lost signal 2.1 km away from the Moon’s surface.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present at the Isro headquarters in Bangalore to witness the historic landing. He addressed the scientists and said, “The entire nation is proud of your achievements. There is no need to feel dejected. You came as close as you could. We will rise to the occasion and scale newer heights of success. India is with you! You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress.”
As he addressed the scientists, Isro chief K. Sivan was inconsolable as he broke down after the speech. PM Modi was then seen consoling K. Sivan with a warm and heartfelt hug in a video that has gone viral on social media. The disappointment was evident due to the effort that was put in behind India’s second lunar mission.