August 10, 2020 | 8:56 AM IST

Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module loses communication with ground station; PM, Bollywood stand by scientists in solidarity

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module lost communication with the ground station during the powered descent leading to huge disappointment in the early hours of Saturday. It was India's second mission to the Moon and Prime minister Narendra Modi was present at the Bengaluru’s control centre.

Boosting the moral of the scientists involved in the mission the PM said, “You are those people who live for India's victory, for her success and strive to keep her head high. I could read the disappointment in your eyes last night. Therefore, didn't stay long amidst you. Friends we may have had some disappointment, but our resolve will not diminish."

Standing in solidarity with the scientists several Bollywood celebrities including R Madhavan and Anupam Kher too tweeted in favour of scientists at ISRO. Madhavan wrote, More than 90% of the experiment is on the ORBITER which, gods grace, is safely on the Lunar orbit. That is still fully functional and therefore The mission still very successful.

Riteish Deshmukh tweeted, “We shall overcome!!!!! Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams!! We are incredibly proud of the entire team of @isro - what was achieved today was no small feat. #JaiHind”
Similarly, legendary actor Anupam Kher quoting poet Mirza Azeem Beg’s verses wrote, “Girte hain sahaswaar hi maidaan-e-jung mein, woh tifla kya girega jo ghutnoon ke bal chale.

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