Chandrayaan-2: Mahindra, Adani, Akshay Kumar laud ISRO scientists, say ‘we will rise again’

The’s () ambitiousmission faced struggle, on Saturday morning, as the agency lost communication with the Vikram module that was scheduled to land on the lunar surface.

The setback left not just the scientists but millions across the nation heartbroken, but proud of the effort.

Even as PM- who was at the ISRO HQ to witness the historic event – hugged and consoled ISRO Chairman K. Sivan who could not hold back his tears, Twitter hailed the scientists, and the mission.

India is proud of our scientists! They’ve given their best and have always made India proud. These are moments to b…

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)

Watch: PM Modi consoles K Sivan as ISRO chief breaks down

Years of hard work literally came to naught for ISRO on Saturday after it lost communication with Moon lander Vikram, and no amount of words could put it right for the scientists at ISTRAC here. Despite a motivational speech by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had rushed in to watch the mission’s success late last night and then again was with the Team Chandrayaan-2 to speak to them, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan could not hold his tears and broke down as the PM was about to leave.

Mahindra Group Chairman, who was among the millions of Indians staying up till the wee hours of the morning to watch thelanding, took to Twitter to say that every person could hear the ‘heartbeat of Chandrayaan-2 whispering that ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’.’

The communication isn’t lost. Every single person in India can feel the heartbeat of #chandrayaan2 We can hear it w…

— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra)

India’s space agency lost contact with thearound 2.1 km over the lunar surface, in a setback to the country’s maiden attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon’s south pole.

Mahindra wasn’t the only one who turned to the micro-blogging site in the dark moment, Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani joined in, saying that ‘if we could come this far we will accomplish the rest as well’.

‘When there is unconditional dedication to serve the nation, there is strong hope to reach your destination. If we could come this far we will accomplish the rest as well. Well done, Team #ISRO. India stands united with you. Jai Hind! #Chandrayaan2,’ the India Inc boss tweeted.

When there is unconditional dedication to serve the nation, there is strong hope to reach your destination. If we c…

— Gautam Adani (@gautam_adani)

RPG Enterprises chairman Harsh Goenka said ‘with what we’ve achieved I’m already over the moon’.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Success is…

— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka)

Biocon boss Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, said, ‘The path to success will have pit falls but effort n endurance will clear the path n succeed we will. ISRO scientists will figure it out. The orbiter is a great sign of their scientific success. #ProudOfISRO.’

Turning to the microblogging site, Sajjan Jindal, chairman and MD, JSW Group, described experience as ‘a collective shift of emotion from excitement to hope’

This last one hour has been a collective shift of emotion from excitement to hope. While we wait to regain communic…

— Sajjan Jindal (@sajjanjindal)

Shah Rukh Khan also took to Twitter, writing that our current situation is never and not our final destination.

Sometimes we don’t land or arrive at the destination we want to. The important thing is we took off and had the Hop…

— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk)

Actor Akshay Kumar, who recently starred in ‘Mangal Mission’ – a film based on ISRO’s mission to Mars – also turned to Twitter to salute the brilliant minds at the space agency.

There’s no science without experiment…sometimes we succeed, sometimes we learn. Salute to the brilliant minds of…

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar)

Amitabh Bachachan shared a picture, with the caption, ‘ Moon is 3,84,400 kms and we failed at 2.1 KM that’s 0.0005463% of margin. Even this failure is a foundation for new beginnings.’

T 3281 – ‘ Moon is 3,84,400 kms and we failed at 2.1 KM that’s 0.0005463% of margin.Even this failure is a foundat…

— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan)

Riteish Deshmukh and wife Genelia D’Souza, who are currently in San Francisco, said ‘what was achieved today was no small feat’.

We shall over come!!!!! Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty their dreams!! We are incredibly proud of…

— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd)

Anupam Kher not only said he was proud of ISRO, but also lauded PM Modi’s speech calling it one of the ‘most inspirational speeches ever’.

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)

Dear PM @narendramodi ji!! Your speech at @isro will remain one of the most inspirational speeches ever. Your affec…

— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher)

Film-maker Shekhar Kapur called Chandrayaan-2 a success, saying, ‘Each step we take is part of our journey. As long as we keep stepping forward, our journey continues. Like a child we may stumble, fall, and get up. Learn and walk again.’

Lessons of Life : Each step we take is part of our journey. As long as we keep stepping forward, our journey contin…

— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur)

Shamika Ravi, member of the PM’s Economic Advisory Council, said that while her ‘boys slept heartbroken’, ‘These are moments of solidarity, courage and ambition. Our hearts beat for the @isro scientists.’

“So we couldn’t put our flag on the moon?” my boys slept heartbroken. These are moments of solidarity, courage and…

— Shamika Ravi (@ShamikaRavi)

Google called it an evening filled with hope, tweeting, ‘We salute the spirit and the dedication of the team that has made #Chandrayaan2 possible. Thank you, @isro.’

Here’s to an evening filled with H🌕PE. We salute the spirit and the dedication of the team that has made…

— Google India (@GoogleIndia)

YouTube emphasised on the power of the mission that united over a billion people.

2.1 kms short. But still got 1.3 billion people closer than ever before ❤ We stand by @isro and our scientists 🛰 #Chandrayaan2 #ISRO

— YouTube India (@YouTubeIndia)

The State Bank of India, tweeted, ‘Keep your heads held high team @ISRO, India is proud of you! We stand with you every step of the way, always.’

Keep your heads held high team @ISRO, India is proud of you! We stand with you every step of the way, always.…

— State Bank of India (@TheOfficialSBI)

The hashtags #ProudIndian, #ISRO, #ProudOfISRO were trending on the platform.

Never mind #ISRO. Well done and well tried. This time you MISRO. Next time you HITRO.

— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats)

The 47-day journey, carrying the hopes of 1.36 billion people, began from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, on July 22. The project was led by two women scientists, M Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal.

Till date, only three countries – US, Russia and China – have succefully soft-landed on the moon.

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Going Up

The Chandrayaan-2 launch is expected to take place today. Its postponement last week is reminiscent of other times when reaching the final frontier was delayed.

In Pic: A view of the Chandrayaan-2 on board GSLVMkIII-M1 at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Nellore district.

​Fueling Trouble

ISRO’s GSLV-D5

In August 2013, the national space agency had called off the launch of a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle called Sriharikota, 74 minutes before the final launch, after detecting a fuel leak. The vehicle was taken off the site and was finally launched on January 5, 2014.

(Image: www.isro.gov.in)