Chandrayaan-2: Bollywood Celebrities Extend Support After ISRO’s Moon Mission Faces Setback
Chandrayaan-2 was Indian Space Research Organisation’s second mission to the moon, which lost contact with the Mission Control Centre on Saturday.
Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-2 is the second lunar exploration mission by the organisation, which consists of a lunar orbiter, the Vikram lander, and the Pragyan lunar rover. This mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on 22nd July. As per recent reports, Vikram has lost communication with the ISRO’s ground station in Bengaluru. ISRO chairman K Sivan informed that the lander began its descent to the South Pole region of the moon on early Saturday morning but communication was lost subsequently. Reacting to the news, several Bollywood celebrities took to Twitter to extend their support:
Film director Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) wrote, “Damn.... I hope they can restore communication. Hard work of so many and prayers of so many. It’ll happen. BELIEVE!!! Well done ISRO.”
Damn.... I hope they can restore communication. Hard worK of so many and prayers of so many. It’ll happen. BELIEVE!!! Well done ISRO.— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) September 6, 2019
Veteran actor Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) tweeted, “Go... #Chandrayan2... Go. Indians all over the world are with you.”
Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) said, “We shall over come!!!!! Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty their dreams!! We are incredibly proud of the entire team of @isro - what was achieved today was no small feat. #JaiHind"
We shall over come!!!!! Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty their dreams!! We are incredibly proud of the entire team of @isro - what was achieved today was no small feat. #JaiHind https://t.co/ktuJjb9ozx— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 6, 2019
The spacecraft had been revolving around the earth's orbit for nearly 23 days and began its journey to the moon on 14th August 14. Vikram Lander’s soft landing on the lunar surface was scheduled between 1:30 AM to 2:30 AM on Saturday, 6th September, but it lost contact with ISRO's Mission Control Centre when it was only 2.1 kilometres away from making history. Addressing a group of disappointed ISRO scientists, a few hours after the mission’s failure to reach its destination, Indian PM Narendra Modi said, "You all came ever so close, as close as one could be to success. Learn from your experience and move forward, look forward. Carry on the work you do, for there will be many opportunities ahead and many missions ahead,"