Serge Haroche, 2012 Nobel prize winner for Physics, expressed his confidence in ISRO scientists and that they can solve whatever problem is on the Vikram lander.
75-year-old Nobel Laureate added that science is a challenge and failure is inevitable but success is possible. Surprises are possible but sometimes they are bad which tend to lead to failure.
He was attending the ‘Nobel Prize Series India 2019’ event at National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute in Mohali, near Punjab’s capital Chandigarh where he talked about the ISRO's second moon venture.
Speaking about the Chandrayaan-2 mission, Haroche said that he is not aware of the full working of the venture but probably some equipment failure took place at the last minute.
There were massive media coverage and expectations on the mission and when it doesn't produce the required result then there could be a disappointment, he opined. Every science project has its own risks.
Haroche also wants India as a nation to invest in young minds and make sure that they come back to the country because they are needed here.
‘Nobel Prize Series India 2019’ event will also be conducted in Ludhiana and New Delhi, where the Nobel Laureates give lectures and participate in roundtables with experts and students.
Serge Haroche worked primarily in atomic and quantum physics and worked at Kastler Brossel laboratory at the Ecole Normale Superieure in France. He won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics jointly with David J. Wineland for discovering experimental methods that help in measuring as well as manipulation of individual quantum systems.
He is also a member of the French and European Academies of Sciences.
He said that India should also focus on small scale physics projects with big-scale projects like Chandrayaan.