ISRO Chief Dr. K Sivan in his first interview to Doordarshan spoke on an array of things on Saturday after Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander lost communication with ISRO's Mission Control Centre during the mission earlier in the day. Speaking about PM Modi, the ISRO Chief revealed the one thing that he remembered from PM Modi's speech earlier in the day. K Sivan recalled PM Modi's remarks that science should be done for experiments and not for the result, adding that the experiment will lead to result.
"He (PM Modi) is a source of inspiration and support for all of us. His speech gave us motivation. One word that I noted from PM's speech was that he said 'Science should not be looked for the result, science should be for the experiment, and the experiment should lead to result'," the ISRO chief said.
He added that PM Modi has been a great source of strength and inspiration for the ISRO scientists following the glitch in the mission. The ISRO chief said that PM Modi's work put the team back on track and they are heading ahead on working on the mission.
"Prime Minister is an always great source of strength and inspiration for all of us. His words were really encouraging and when the people were slightly down with the incident towards the end of the landing phase, but his words put us back on the track and now we are working on the mission. Also now, we have many more missions in the hand," K Sivan added.
PM Narendra Modi consoled ISRO Chairman K Sivan after his speech outside the ISRO monitoring centre, after he got emotional over the Chandrayaan 2 mission's glitch.
The Prime Minister addressed the ISRO scientists at the monitoring centre in the morning after Chandrayaan-2's lander 'Vikram' lost contact with ground stations, assuring them that the best in the space programmes is yet to come. He added that India is always proud of them and with them. He also told the scientists that science is never satisfied with results, adding that there are no failures in science, only efforts.
"Science is never satisfied with the results. There are no failures in Science, only experiments and efforts. The inherent quality of science is to strive. Results can never stop Science and scientists. This is our culture. Science is the greatest contributer of knowledge. (Gyaan ka saathi vigyaan hi hai), the Prime Minister said," PM Modi said in his speech.