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Chandrayaan-3: PM Modi meets ISRO scientists in Bengaluru, thanks taking 'Make in India' to Moon

Aug 26, 2023 09:27 AM IST

PM Modi ISRO Visit Live Updates: PM Modi, who flew down to Bengaluru from Greece, said he could not stop himself from reaching here to meet ISRO scientists.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday heaped praises on the ISRO on the successful Chandrayaan-3 Moon mission and said people from across the globe who believe in science and the future are filled with enthusiasm over India’s achievement. He also hailed the ISRO scientists for taking ‘Make in India’ to the Moon.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses ISRO scientists on the successful soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the surface of the Moon at a gathering in Bengaluru on Saturday, (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses ISRO scientists on the successful soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the surface of the Moon at a gathering in Bengaluru on Saturday, (PTI)

Modi, who flew down to Bengaluru directly from Greece, said he could not stop himself from reaching the city first on his return to pay tribute to the ISRO scientists.

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A visibly emotional Modi addressed scientists at the Indian Space Research organisation's command centre in Bengaluru, who were involved in the Chandrayaan-3 mission and lauded them for their efforts.

"Such kind of happiness... these are very rare occasions when the whole body and soul is drenched in happiness," Modi said while addressing the scientists at ISRO’s Telemetry Tracking and Command Network Mission Control Complex.

“You took the Make In India initiative to the Moon,” Modi said, referring to the boost to indigenous productions due to Chandrayaan 3's success.

He said he wanted to salute the scientists as soon as possible. "I could not stop myself as I was not in the country, but I decided to visit Bengaluru first and meet our scientists right after visiting India," he said as the scientists cheered and broke into applause.

"...I can see before my eyes every second of that day of August 23..." Modi said recalling the final 15 challenging minutes of the Chandrayaan-3.

"I salute your dedication. I salute your patience. I salute your hard work. I salute your inspiration," said Modi as he turned emotional.

Modi was accorded a warm reception as he arrived at the ISRO headquarters. India entered record books as the first country to successfully place a lander on the unexplored lunar South Pole on Wednesday evening.

Modi followed the final moments of the touchdown of the lunar lander, 'Vikram', virtually from South Africa where he was attending the 15th BRICS Summit.

ISRO chairman S Somanath received Modi, who patted his back and hugged him for the successful culmination of the daunting lunar landing mission. He also posed for a group photo with the team of scientists behind the project.

S Somanath briefed Modi on the ISRO's 40-day journey to the lunar South Pole and the efforts that went into the project.

Addressing the scientists, Modi also announced that the touchdown point of Chandrayaan-3 will be called ‘Shiv Shakti’ and the place where Chandrayaan-2 left its footprint on the lunar surface in 2019 will be known as ‘Tiranga Point'.

He also announced that India will celebrate August 23 as 'National Space Day' to mark the successful touchdown of the Chandrayaan-3 mission's lander.

Prior to meeting the ISRO scientists, PM raised the slogan 'Jai Vigyan Jai Anusandhan' and greeted people lining the streets outside HAL airport after his arrival in Bengaluru.

“Today, I am feeling a different level of happiness...such occasions are very rare...this time, I was so restless...I was in South Africa but my mind was with you,” Modi said the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network Mission Control Complex.

The prime minister said he had requested Karnataka governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, chief minister Siddaramaiah and deputy CM DK Shivakumarnot to come to the airport to receive him as he did not want them to take the trouble of coming early in the morning as he was not sure of his arrival time after a long flight.

Ahead of Modi's Bengaluru visit to meet ISRO scientists, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Friday alleged that he purportedly barred Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar from receiving him at the HAL Airport.

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