The nation is with you: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ISRO
Learnings from today will make us stronger and better; there will be a new dawn, Modi said.
"You are the ones who live for India. because of your spirit, India stands proud," PM told a gathering of ISRO officials, hours after the Chandrayaan-2 setback.
Communication with moon lander Vikram was lost as it was descending towards the Moon earlier in the day. The link was lost as the lander was at an altitude of 2.1 km over the moon's South Pole where it was due to land.
"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."
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The PM further added: "You haven't slept for days. Everyone associated with this mission was in a different state of mind."
But Modi said that this "obstacle won't deter us from our goal".
For the last few hours the entire nation was awake, the PM said. "We are awake in solidarity with the scientists. We came very close but we need to cover more ground in the times to come."
Modi also reminded the ISRO scientists of their achievements including the record-breaking feat of sending 100 satellites into space in one go.
Learnings from today will make us stronger and better; there will be a new dawn, he added.
"We will rise to the occasion and reach even 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."
Modi further added: "I have not to come to preach you, I came here today to get inspired."