"Known for his hard work, honesty, straightforwardness and self-confidence, he will take this as a challenge rather than a failure," said A Shanmugavel, 80.
PM Narendra Modi hugged and consoled a visibly emotional ISRO Chairman K. Sivan on his way out.
When the top ISRO scientists including its chief Sivan looked glum soon after the subsequent fine braking phase commenced, it was the first indication that all was not well.
Sivan said the Chandrayaan 2 will definitely give NASA input to sent man to moon. However, he hinted that right now, seeking details about what those inputs would be too early.
One of the four major hurdles to the mission is preventing the damage to lander Vikram due to lunar dust.