The whole nation felt the emotional exchange between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief Dr. Kailasavadivoo Sivan after the communication lost between Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander and ISRO in the wee hours of Saturday, September 7. The Chandrayaan 2 which took off from India on July 22, 2019 and made a successful landing on the surface of Moon on September 7, lost communication with the Vikram lander, the spacecraft built to descend on the moon for exploration.
The ISRO supremo couldn’t hold his tears when PM Modi met him after the news broke of communication loss between ISRO and Vikram lander. PM Modi had met Sivan to console him over the disheartening event on the Moon. The 62-year old supreme authority of ISRO could be then seen getting emotional over the whole incident. Then came the emotional time when PM Modi hugged him and consoled him by patting his shoulder to bolster his confidence.
The whole scene was captured by several cameras available at the spot and the same video is making rounds on internet.
A leader who inspires faith, hope and optimism!
PM @narendramodi gives an emotional hug to @isro Chairman K. Sivan and reaffirms his faith in scientists and engineers of #ISRO and #Chandrayan2 team.
Proud of our scientists!
Proud of our Prime Minister!! pic.twitter.com/27bzzrD2zm
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) September 7, 2019
Several netizens couldn’t resist from commenting on the video shared widely on social media. Among these netizens were several Bollywood biggies and political leaders who joined PM Modi in consoling and fortifying ISRO for their grand project on the Moon.
The ‘Agneepath’ movie’s ‘Rauf Lala’ Rishi Kapoor came forward to pat the back of ISRO scientists for their commendable efforts. “We are proud of you,” tweeted Rishi Kapoor while sharing an image with words read as, “3,84,397.4 kms is what defines you, not 2.1 kms. Proud of @isro.in,”.
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) September 7, 2019
Another tweet came from the legendary Bollywood actor, Anupam Kher, who is also considered as PM Modi’s pro follower. While expressing his solidarity with ISRO and PM Modi, he called the moment between Sivan and PM Modi as historic. “Dear PM @narendramodi ji!! Your speech at @isro will remain one of the most inspirational speeches ever. Your affectionate and emotional hug to #Isro Chief K.Sivan is a visual that will be etched in every Indian’s memory for years. You make us feel protected. Thank you.🙏🙏🇮🇳 ” read the tweet from Kher.
Dear PM @narendramodi ji!! Your speech at @isro will remain one of the most inspirational speeches ever. Your affectionate and emotional hug to #Isro Chief K.Sivan is a visual that will be etched in every Indian’s memory for years. You make us feel protected. Thank you.🙏🙏🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/XMf1f7Dyxs
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) September 7, 2019
The ‘Jai ho’ singer, A. R. Rahman, also stood by ISRO and reassured every Indian’s support to the space research agency. “All of us are with you #ISRO. #IndiawithISRO #ProudOfISRO 🇮🇳” tweeted Rahman.
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) September 7, 2019
Likewise, Indian Cricket Team skipper Virat Kohli, Bollywood’s ‘Khiladi’ Akshay Kumar, ‘Badshah’ star Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor and many more showed solidarity with ISRO and applauded the space research agency for their brilliant performance in the Chandrayaan 2 mission.
Even National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) applauded ISRO’s performance. The American based world’s super Space Research agency called India’s bold step to land on the south pole of the Moon as “inspiring”. “Space is hard. We commend @ISRO’s attempt to land their #Chandrayaan2 mission on the Moon’s South Pole. You have inspired us with your journey and look forward to future opportunities to explore our solar system together.” tweeted the official Twitter handle of NASA.
Space is hard. We commend @ISRO’s attempt to land their #Chandrayaan2 mission on the Moon’s South Pole. You have inspired us with your journey and look forward to future opportunities to explore our solar system together. https://t.co/pKzzo9FDLL
— NASA (@NASA) September 7, 2019