#Chandrayaan2: Bollywood lauds ISRO's efforts, says "We're proud of you"
Last night, the nation witnessed a heartbreaking moment after Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan-2 lost communication with ISRO's ground station. Reportedly, it was about two kilometers away from the moon's surface before going incommunicado. Along with a billion people who cheered for ISRO, Bollywood celebrities also stood in solidarity and expressed their pride in the stupendous efforts put in by ISRO's scientists for the mission.
Vikram Lander started its descent perfectly, then lost contact
Vikram Lander, which took off from Sriharikota space station on July 22 and maneuvered for weeks, was all set to land softly. ISRO aimed for the moon's southern pole, a territory no other country has ever been to. Though the initial phases of Vikram's descent were seamless, it lost contact with ISRO as it neared climax. The answer to "what went wrong" isn't clear.
We are proud of you ISRO, says Bollywood
Soon after the major setback, Twitter was flooded with tweets of encouragement, pride and sadness from celebrities and common people alike. Meanwhile, several Bollywood celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjay Dutt took to social media to boost the morale of ISRO scientists. "We are proud of you," said the celebrities in unanimity.
"#Chandrayaan2 will make way for #Chandrayaan3. We will rise again"
"Our current situation is never and not our final destination"
Amitabh Bachchan expressed pride, quoted father Harivansh Rai's poem
"We are incredibly proud of the entire team of ISRO"
Lost Communication but not hope, says Sunny Deol
"Salute and applaud the incredible endeavours of ISRO"
"We as a nation stand beside you with hope"
This does not tantamount to failure: Kamal Haasan
"Science never has setbacks, it only has learnings"
PM Modi urges ISRO scientists not to lose heart
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had reached Bengaluru last night to witness history being made, also addressed the nation and the scientists. He said he closely saw how the scientists, who invested years into the project, felt. But he asked them not to lose heart. "Our determination to touch moon has become even stronger and the best is yet to come," he stated.