Watch: In an emotional moment, PM Modi hugs, consoles teary-eyed ISRO chief 

PM Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the nation from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Control Centre at 8 am, after ISRO lost contact with Chandrayaan-2's Vikram Lander.

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 07, 2019, 08.45 AM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hugged an emotional, teary-eyed ISRO chief K Sivan as he made his way out of the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru. 

The prime minister addressed the many scientists and the large ISRO team behind India's ambitious lunar mission, Chandrayaan 2

PM Modi extended his solidarity to the ISRO team and said that the country managed to come as close to the Moon's far side as possible. 


He lauded the scientists for their exemplary work and courage and asked them to not to lose hope.

Earlier, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a tweet, "normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from Lander to the ground stations was lost. Data is being analyzed."


The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on September 2.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday greeted Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) scientists for their "exemplary commitment and courage" during the Chandrayaan-2 mission.

"With #Chandrayaan2 Mission, the entire team of ISRO has shown exemplary commitment and courage. The country is proud of @ISRO. We all hope for the best #PresidentKovind," President said in a tweet.

Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that ISRO's achievement with the spacecraft so far has made every Indian proud.

"ISRO's achievement with getting Chandrayaan-2 so far has made every Indian proud. India stands with our committed and hard-working scientists at @isro. My best wishes for future endeavours," he tweeted.