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PM hugging and consoling Sivan was a great gesture, morale booster, says DRDO chief 

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WION Web Team New Delhi Sep 09, 2019, 08.44 AM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugging and consoling Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Sivan after the latter broke down following communication with the lander was lost at 2.1 km from the lunar surface is a great gesture and morale booster, said Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Dr G Satheesh Reddy.

''PM hugged and consoled ISRO Chief K Sivan after he (Sivan) broke down following Chandrayaan 2 landing: It's a great gesture by PM. It's a great morale booster for scientists who saw the last mile glitch in mission,'' said Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of DRDO.

After Modi's gesture, ISRO's scientists have started working on the mission again and could locate the rover, he said. 

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''I think, after that gesture, ISRO scientists again started working on the mission, started looking for what happened and that’s how they could locate the rover,'' he added. 

Hitting back at Pakistani critics who ridiculed the Indian space mission, Reddy said ''people who haven't done anything of this class can not appreciate and probably cannot understand the complexity of this mission.''

Chandrayaan 2 is a very complex mission and this type of complex mission can be appreciated by those people who have also taken up such missions, he added.

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After Modi's gesture, ISRO's scientists have started working on the mission again and could locate the rover, he said.