Pic of the Day: Modi hugs ISRO Chief as the latter breaks down

Written By Aravind Peesapati | Updated: September 07, 2019 11:34 IST
Pic of the Day: Modi hugs ISRO Chief as the latter breaks down

In his encouraging address to the scientists, PM Modi added that a major part of the mission has been successful and congratulated the space research organisation for its efforts but ISRO chief K Sivan was inconsolably upset.

After addressing ISRO scientists in Bengaluru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugged ISRO Chief K Sivan as he broke down. Sivan had made the official announcement after Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander lost contact with the ground station moments before touchdown.
In fact, K Sivan broke down after the speech and in a video that has gone viral on social media, PM Modi was seen consoling him with a heartfelt hug. It was an emotional moment considering the effort that went behind India's second lunar mission.
During his address, Prime Minister Modi said, "I can proudly say that the effort was worth it & so was the journey." The soft-landing of Chandrayaan-2's landing module, Vikram, did not go according to plan as all ground communication was lost with it just moments before the scheduled landing.
Even as the mood at ISRO's complex turned gloomy, PM Modi told the scientists that the entire nation is proud of their achievements and there is no need to feel dejected.