Ajay Devgn sent his best wishes to the Indian Space Research Organisation team ahead of the launch of the Chandrayaan-2 mission set to flag off early on Monday. Terming the mission as a ‘leap bigger than ever before’, the ‘Singham’ star reserved special praise for the ‘invincible power’ of the women creating history by heading the mission.
Hour before the historic mission took off, Ajay tweeted, “Chandrayaan-2, India's second space mission, a leap bigger than ever before. Kudos to invincible power of women directing it, a first time in Indian history! Sending the best of my wishes to the team of scientists at @isro.”
Muthayya Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal are heading the Chandrayaan-2 mission in their roles as Project Director and Mission Director respectively.
Incidentally, Ajay is also set to star in ‘Bhuj: The Pride of India’, a film that not just celebrates a similarly heroic tale, but also women’s achievements. The film traces the story of Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik and his team of 300 women reconstructing a wrecked IAF airstrip during the India-Pakistan war of 1971.
Even one of his co-stars from that film, Sonakshi Sinha, who is acting in another story of India’s space mission, ‘Mission Mangal’, also lauded the mission for the same reason.
Akshay Kumar, the lead actor of ‘Sooryavanshi’, where Ajay is set to do a cameo, also conveyed his best wishes to the ISRO.
Chandrayaan 2 will be launched at 2.51 AM on Monday. Chandrayaan 2 has two main cost components - Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) 'Bahubali' rocket and the Lunar module (orbiter, Lander 'Vikram' and rover 'Pragyan').
The rover and probe will do extensive mapping of the lunar surface to studying variations in Moon's composition, thus further gaining knowledge of the moon's origins. Following its predecessor - Chandrayaan 1's conformation of water molecules on Moon, this mission also aims at studying the extent of its distribution on the lunar surface and sub-surface. As the South pole is the chosen site of study, Chandrayaan 2 aims at studying the craters which are cold traps, containing a fossilised record of the early Solar System.