WATCH: Awkward Modi hugs crying scientist after India's moon landing fail

Published: September 8, 2019
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ISRO Head Scientist K Sivan. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ISRO Head Scientist K Sivan. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ISRO Head Scientist K Sivan. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB A television grab shows the launch of Chandrayaan - Moon Chariot 2 at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, an island off the coast of southern Andhra Pradesh state, in New Delhi on July 22, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) head scientist was a blubbering mess as he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi after India’s second mission to the moon ended in failure.

The spacecraft Vikram Lander of India’s Chandrayaan-2 lost communication with the ground station in the early hours of Saturday hours before it was due to land on the moon.

In a video now viral on social media, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be seen hugging and consoling a distraught K Sivan, the head scientist at ISRO, soon after the landing went awry.

 The lunar lander of India’s Chandrayaan-2 moon mission was attempting a ‘soft’, or controlled, landing near the south pole of the moon where scientists believe there could be water ice.

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Meanwhile, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry continued to bash India over its failed moon mission for a second day.

“Endia [India] only way now you can reach moon is through Bollywood. another 100 crore and you guys ll be on the moon.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, he said the only way for India to reach the moon was through Bollywood. “Extremists always fail and you failed when instead of scientists you relied on Jotshi [fortune tellers] and delayed the mission,” wrote the minister.

He said India was adding to the existing space debris, while reminding his followers that this was not India’s first failed mission to the moon.

He deemed Modi’s attitude ‘irresponsible’ and said his policies are disastrous for the region and the world.

Chaudhry said space exploration was a serious venture and should not be used for political gimmicks.

 

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