Chandrayaan-2 : We are proud of our space program, says PM Modi

[Edited By: Gaurav]

Saturday, 7th September , 2019 12:44 pm

All was going well till the last two minutes of the powered descent, when tense moments gripped the Mission Control Room.According to Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Lander Vikram was very close to the landing site at the 13th minute, when it was supposed to begin the last phase of the touchdown. It had reduced its initial velocity of 1.6km/sec to half within the first 7 minutes and had come down to an altitude of 7kms. The first two phase of the lunar descent went as planned.

As important as the final result is the journey & the effort. I can proudly say that the effort was worth it & so was the journey. Our team worked hard, travelled far & those teachings will always remain with us. The learnings from today will make us stronger and better: PM Modi

Resilience & tenacity are central to India’s ethos.In our glorious history, we have faced moments that may have slowed us but they have never crushed our spirit. We have bounced back again & gone on to do spectacular things. This is why our civilisation stands tall: PM Modi

For last few hours the entire nation was worried. Everyone stands in solidarity with our scientists. We are proud of our space program. Today our resolve to touch the moon has grown even stronger: PM Modi

We will rise to the occasion and scale newer heights of success.

To our scientists I want to say- India is with you! You are exceptional professionals who have made an incredible contribution to national progress: PM Modi

Friends I could feel what you were going through few hours back, your eyes were conveying a lot. You live for India's honour, I salute you: PM Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses crestfallen ISRO scientists. "Nation is proud of you, be courageous," he says.

These are moments to be courageous, and courageous we will be! We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme: PM Modi tweets.

Communication lost with Vikram Lander at 2.1 km from Lunar surface. At 2:18 am ISRO Chairman, Dr Sivan said, "The powered descent was going as planned till it was just 2.1 kms above the lunar surface. Subsequently, the communication with the Lander was lost. The data is being analyzed."

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