Watch: ISRO chief K Sivan breaks down as PM Modi hugs him

Bengaluru | After ISRO lost contact with the Chandrayaan 2 lander ‘Vikram’, just before its descent on the Moon, Chairman K Sivan broke down and hugged PM Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugged and consoled a teary-eyed Sivan outside the mission operations complex after his address to the scientists and the nation. The PM too appeared emotional.

Addressing the scientists hours after ISRO announced that it had lost communication with the lander, he also said that the country’s determination to land on the moon has become even stronger.

“We came very close, but we need to cover more ground…. Learnings from today will make us stronger and better,” he told the scientists, adding, “The best is yet to come in our space programme. India is with you.” The Prime Minister had earlier watched the proceedings as the lander began its descent towards the moon surface at an ISRO centre here.

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