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Chandrayaan 2: PM Modi to ISRO scientists, 'don't lose hope, be courageous'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 September 2019, 4:57 IST

As Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) control station, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the scientist to not lose hope and be courageous.

"Don't lose hope. Be courageous. There are ups and downs in life. What you all have done is not a small thing. You have done a great service to the country, science and mankind. I am with you. I wish you all the best," the Prime Minister told the scientists.

" India is proud of our scientists! They've given their best and have always made India proud. These are moments to be courageous, and courageous we will be! Chairman @isro gave updates on Chandrayaan-2. We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme," PM Modi tweeted.


At the ISRO mission control room PM Modi patted K Sivan’s on his back even as the scientists were tensed after the Vikram lander lost communication with the control room.

"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 ground station was lost. The data is being analysed," Sivan had said.

The Vikram lander commenced its descent to the South Pole region of the moon on Saturday.

First published: 7 September 2019, 3:23 IST