There are always hurdles in the path to victory and the 'Chandrayaan-2' mission, which suffered a last-minute setback, doesn't "tantamount to failure", said members of the film fraternity, after ISRO lost communication with its moon lander early Saturday morning. The communication from the lander, Vikram, to the ground station was lost during its powered descent to the lunar surface in the early hours and data is being analyzed, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
Following the same, several Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Karan Johar, extended morale-boosting. They took to social media and said that they are very much proud of ISRO and hailed the scientists behind the 'Chandrayaan-2' mission for their hard work.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan offered words of encouragement to ISRO scientists in a recent Twitter post. Hailed them for their uncompromised effort, he said, "Sometimes we don't land or arrive at the destination we want to. The important thing is we took off and had the Hope and Belief we can. Our current situation is never and not our final destination. That always comes in time and belief! Proud of #ISRO"
Sometimes we don’t land or arrive at the destination we want to. The important thing is we took off and had the Hope and Belief we can. Our current situation is never and not our final destination. That always comes in time and belief! Proud of #ISRO— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 7, 2019
Filmmaker Karan Johar took to social media to hail ISRO. In a Twitter post, after 'Chandrayaan-2' lost its connection, he applauded the incredible endeavors of ISRO. "So proud of everything they continue to do... So proud to be part of a nation that has the most genius minds..." he wrote in the post.
Salute and applaud the incredible endeavours of @isro !!!! So proud of everything they continue to do....so proud to be part of a nation that has the most genius minds....— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) September 7, 2019
Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor also took to social media to encourage the ISRO scientists. In the post, he said, Chandrayaan-2 will forever remain a "remarkable achievement" for the nation and said that he is proud of ISRO. "India is proud of the #Chandrayaan2 team @isro" he further said.
Like PM @narendramodi rightly said,— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) September 7, 2019
“#ISRO has its encyclopedia of success. When it comes to our space programme, the best is yet to come.”
It was and always will be a remarkable achievement! India is proud of the #Chandrayaan2 team @isro! pic.twitter.com/hChrPSlGGD
Actor Emraan Hashmi also put out a post cheering up the scientists. He tweeted, "In times when social media only brags about strengths and successes its important to teach the next-gen about weaknesses and failures. If you learn from defeat you haven't really lost. Proud of #ISRO."
In times when social media only brags about strengths and successes its important to teach the next gen about weaknesses and failures. If you learn from defeat you haven't really lost. Proud of #ISRO.— Emraan Hashmi (@emraanhashmi) September 7, 2019
Towards the final moments of the historic feat, just before landing on the luner surface, the mission suffered some technical glitches. As it stands, ISRO's Twitter handle shared that they have lost communication at 3:00am IST. Speaking about the situation, ISRO Chairman K Sivan confirmed in a statement that contact with Vikram lander was lost at about 2.1 kilometers above the Moon's surface and added that the ground station is analysing the data. ISRO said the data from the Chandrayaan 2 mission is being analysed.
The 1,471-kg lander of Chandrayaan-2, first Indian mission to explore the lunar terrain with home-grown technology -- is named Vikram after Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai, the father of the Indian space program. The lander was designed to execute a soft landing on the lunar surface and to function for one lunar day, which is equivalent to about 14 earth days.