Chandrayaan 2: As Lander Vikram Goes Silent, India Speaks Up for ISRO
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and others tweeted that India is proud of the scientists at ISRO.
Officials watch live telecast of the soft landing of Vikram module of Chandrayaan 2 on lunar surface as it starts 'fine breaking' at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), in Bengaluru. (Image: PTI)
New Delhi: Politicians, celebrities, sportspersons and common citizens across India stood in solidarity with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday after Chandrayaan-2’s lander went incommunicado barely a couple of kilometres from the moon’s surface.
The first words of support following ISRO chairman K Sivan’s disappointing announcement came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was at the ISRO control centre in Bengaluru. "Communication has been lost. I could see the anxiety on your faces. There is no need to get disappointed because it is not a small achievement. The country is proud of you," Modi said.
The PM later tweeted that the country remains hopeful and is proud of the scientists at ISRO. He also called for the need to stay courageous in the current situation.
India is proud of our scientists! They’ve given their best and have always made India proud. These are moments to be courageous, and courageous we will be!
Chairman @isro gave updates on Chandrayaan-2. We remain hopeful and will continue working hard on our space programme.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 6, 2019
ISRO also received encouragement from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who said the hard work that went into the moon mission is not in vain and would continue to inspire India’s space missions.
Congratulations to the team at #ISRO for their incredible work on the Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission. Your passion & dedication is an inspiration to every Indian. Your work is not in vain. It has laid the foundation for many more path breaking & ambitious Indian space missions. 🇮🇳 — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 6, 2019
Union home minister Amit Shah tweeted that India stands with the scientists at ISRO.
ISRO’s achievement with getting Chandrayaan-2 so far has made every Indian proud.
India stands with our committed and hard working scientists at @isro.
My best wishes for future endeavours.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 6, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind said the scientists had shown exemplary commitment and courage and that country is proud of them.
With #Chandrayaan2 Mission, the entire team of ISRO has shown exemplary commitment and courage. The country is proud of @ISRO. We all hope for the best #PresidentKovind — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 6, 2019
Appealing to the people to not lose hope, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu maintained that the Orbiter is still performing its mission.
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) 7 September 2019
The space agency received words of encouragement from several other leaders and public figures, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman among others.
The Indian Research Space Organisation and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also recieved words of appreciation and support from neighbouring nation Bhutan.
We are proud of India and its scientists today. Chandrayaan-2 saw some challenges last minute but the courage and hard work you have shown are historical. Knowing Prime Minister @narendramodi, I have no doubt he and his ISRO team will make it happen one day.— PM Bhutan (@PMBhutan) September 7, 2019
We are proud of our scientists. They have created history. No need to lose heart. Our scientists have done a great job. Jai Hind! — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 6, 2019
We are with you @isro. Proud of you to have dared to land at south pole of the moon where no one else has ever attempted. Your capabilities and achievements have always made our country stand tall. This is just a success postponed. #Chandrayaan2
— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) 7 September 2019
The nation stands by the entire team of @isro as we wait in these tense times. Your hard work and commitment has made our nation proud. Jai Hind.#Chandrayaan2Landing — Congress (@INCIndia) September 6, 2019
The communication isn’t lost. Every single person in India can feel the heartbeat of #chandrayaan2 We can hear it whisper to us that ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.’ https://t.co/YS3y1kQXI2
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 6, 2019
गिरते हैं शहसवार ही मैदान-ए-जंग में, वो तिफ्ल क्या गिरे जो घुटनों के बल चले!!! Well done @isro. We are proud of you.🙏🇮🇳 — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) September 6, 2019
We are with you @isro. You have brought the nation, it’s young minds and all, together in sensing your achievements in Space. You will succeed.
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) September 6, 2019
Journey of #Chandrayaan2 so far and what lies ahead is no less than an achievement. We are proud of our scientists and confident that India’s space programme only gets stronger & better from here. Team @isro - a proud, grateful & an inspired nation stands with you! — Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) 7 September 2019
— H D Devegowda (@H_D_Devegowda) 7 September 2019
Lost Communication but not hope. We are proud of you ISRO..🙏 #Chandrayaan2 — Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) 7 September 2019
#Chandrayaan2 Immensely proud of ISRO! You brought us hope and taught us to think big to touch the Sky. U have crossed many hurdles. It is not at all failure, just a learning process. Keep on trying. 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/1l3PB9Trwa
— Motilal Oswal (@MrMotilalOswal) 7 September 2019
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