“ “We came very close but we need to cover more ground in the times to come. Learning from today will make us stronger and better. The nation is proud of our space programme and scientists. The best is yet to come in our space programme. There are new frontiers to discover and new places to go. India is with you,” Modi said. ”
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday 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 and brighter tomorrow”. 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. Modi delivered a message of optimism, solidarity and hope to scientists in an address, which was broadcast live, hours after the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that it had lost communication with the lander.
The nation is proud of them and stands with them, he said. “We came very close but we need to cover more ground in the times to come. Learning from today will make us stronger and better. The nation is proud of our space programme and scientists. The best is yet to come in our space programme. There are new frontiers to discover and new places to go. India is with you,” Modi said. “Effort was worth it and so was the journey. It will make us stronger and better. There will be a new dawn and brighter tomorrow... I am with you, nation is with you,” he added.
The Prime Minister sought to lighten the mood in the moments of disappointment for scientists, saying the moon has been so much romanticised in poems and literature that Chandrayaan in its last steps ran to embrace it, a reference to the Vikram’s failure to lower its speed as planned during its descent to the planet. This is how poets will describe it, he said, adding that the will to touch the moon has now become stronger and more intense.
Modi had earlier watched the proceedings as the lander began its descent towards the moon’s surface at an ISRO centre here. The Prime Minister began his near 25-minute speech, delivered in a mix of Hindi and English, with “Bharat mata ki jai” (Hail Mother India) slogan and said he could understand the feelings of scientists a few hours earlier when it became clear that Chandrayaan-2’s final journey did not go as per plan. “Your eyes said a lot and I could read the sadness on your face. I have lived those moments with you,” he said, adding that this was why he did not stay for long with them in the early hours and came back in the morning, not to preach them but to be inspired by them. “When the message of communication cut-off with the mission was received, you were all shaken,” Modi said, as he sought to lift their morale, asserting that it will strengthen their resolve for future successes.
We shall overcome some day: Kovind
“HUM honge kamyaab, mann me hai vishwas, poora hai vishwas hum honge kamyaab ek din,” this is how President Ram Nath Kovind summed up his thoughts after Chandrayaan-2’s moon lander Vikram lost contact with ground stations minutes before touchdown early Saturday morning. Addressing a youth summit organised by a charitable organisation here, Kovind said like Swami Vivekananda is a timeless rode model for youths, ISRO chairman K Sivan and his team will be India’s role model in the field of space in the times to come “I remember Chandrayaan-2’s launch was earlier scheduled on July 15. I was there in Sriharikota. I saw the massive carrier, “Bahubali”, from close proximity.
Thereafter, I proceeded to the assembly point,” he said. “What I liked the most was that there were as many women in the engineering team as men,” the President said. Lauding the scientists for their commitment to their work, he recalled a woman scientist telling him she had left her six-month-old baby with her parents at Bengaluru. The launch in July was deferred after a technical snag developed in the launch vehicle system about one hour before blast-off. “It was coincidence and not misfortune,” the president said at the event organised Pawan Chintan Dhara Ashram. Kovind said that the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was launched on July 22 and it was a complete success for around 50 days. “We covered 3.84 lakh-km journey successfully, only 2.1 km were left. The distance left is negligible on such a huge scale. It’s such a huge achievement,” he said.
Modi hugs emotional ISRO chief
INDIAN Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Sivan on Saturday broke down in tears when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was leaving the Bengaluru-based space agency after interacting with the scientists over Chandrayaan- 2. Modi, surrounded by his security personnel, was moving towards his car when Sivan approached him to thank the Prime Minister for his morale-boosting speech to scientists. However, the ISRO chairman failed to hold back his emotions and broke down in tears. Without any second thought, Modi hugged Sivan and consoled him by patting his back.
Ahead of this emotional moment, the Prime Minister personally met with all the ISRO scientists who were present at the control centre and lauded them for their efforts. Modi acknowledged the efforts and dedication of ISRO in taking India’s space mission to new heights. During his address to the scientists, the Prime Minister lauded them for their devotion and commitment to their work and outlined that they will give India many reasons to smile in the future. This comes after the Indian Space Research Organisation announced that they had lost communication with Chandrayaan 2’s lander, Vikram, minutes before its soft landing on the surface of the moon.