Towards the final moments of ISRO's historic feat, the much-anticipated 'Chandrayaan-2' mission suffered some technical glitches and the lander lost communication just before it was about to land on the surface of the Moon. 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 analyzing the data. ISRO said the data from the Chandrayaan-2 mission is being analysed.
As the news surfaced, several celebrities came forward to cheer for ISRO and hail its brave attempt. Stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Akshay Kumar took to social media and extended morale-boosting. Now joining the bandwagon are the youths of Bollywood, who saluted incredible endeavors of ISRO.
Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana took to social media and thanked ISRO for all the efforts they had put in the mission.
Never a failure, always a learning. A big thank you to @isro for all the efforts that were put in for this mission!— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) September 7, 2019
Anushka Sharma extended support to ISRO and said, 'we as a nation stand by'. She further said that she is very proud of the ISRO scientists for their achievement so far.
These are only steps forward and not backward and we as a nation stand by , celebrate and are very proud of our scientists at @isro for their perseverance and achievements so far . You all are truly inspiring.— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) September 7, 2019
Arjun Kapoor in a recent Twitter post said that India's dream of successful Moon Mission will surely come true. he further stated that the country is very proud of ISRO.
We will surely see this dream come true soon! Thank you for making us believe. We’re proud of you 🙏🏻🇮🇳 @isro— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) September 7, 2019
Actress Sonakshi Sinha who recently stared in space-drama 'Mission Mangal' celebrating ISRO's successful Mars Orbital Mission, said that Chandrayaan-2 has taken us closer to the moon. She said that it is an integral step towards ultimate success.
Hum Honge Kaamyaab Ek Din!#Chandrayan2 has taken us closer to the moon than we ever were, and will be an integral step towards ultimate success. What @isro has achieved is phenomenal, and must be applauded.#ISRO #ProudOfISRO #ProudIndian— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) September 7, 2019
'Mission Mangal' actress Taapsee Pannu also came forward to hail ISRO for their remarkable move. She put out an emotional post celebrating how beautifully Chandrayaan-2 united the entire nation with hope and spirit. She further hailed the ISRO scientists as heroes.
Lump in the throat, tear in the eye not coz of anything else but witnessing how beautifully you got the entire nation together in hope and spirit... it’s ok to take a few steps back when u know you are about to make your longest jump. You are our hero @isro ❤️— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) September 7, 2019
Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra also put out a post after losing connection with 'Chandrayaan-2'. She said that how if not today, Indian will definitely achieve the goal someday.
If not today, then definitely tomorrow. Proud of the @ISRO and their efforts 🇮🇳🙏🏼— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) September 7, 2019
Meanwhile, Bollywood actor and politician Sunny Deol also extended a message of encouragement to team ISRO post 'Chandrayaan-2' lost connection. The actor who also serves as Gurdaspur MP for the Modi government in a recent post said that despite losing connections, India has not lost hope and stated that the nation is proud of ISRO scientist.
Lost Communication but not hope. We are proud of you ISRO..🙏 #Chandrayaan2— Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) September 7, 2019
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.
The 1,471-kg lander of Chandrayaan-2, the 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.