ISRO chief K Sivan, was downcast after the space agency lost contact with Chandrayaan 2 lander ‘Vikram’ just when its descent to moon was initiated and despites words of motivation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi he could not fight back his tears.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugged and consoled a teary-eyed Sivan outside the mission operations complex after his address to the scientists and the nation. The PM too appeared emotional.
PM Modi, who flew down to Bangalore on Friday night to watch the grand touch down of Vikram lander, got emotional after his meet with the ISRO chief. Modi was seen hugging and caressing the chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), K Sivan, and consoling him on the mission.
This happened minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ISRO control centre in Bengaluru after ‘Vikram’, the lander, lost contact with the ground station just ahead of the soft landing.
The mission that started from July 22 with the launch of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft achieved one milestone after another in a phased manner. However, the Vikram module lost contact minutes before the crucial touchdown on the lunar surface in the early hours of Saturday.