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

Modi, who was present at the ISRO HQ to watch the landing, said there is 'no failure in science, only experiment and efforts'.

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Last Updated: Sep 07, 2019, 03.06 PM IST|Original: Sep 07, 2019, 09.45 AM IST
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India Inc bosses Anand Mahindra (l), Gautam Adani (r), actor Akshay Kumar (c) joined Twitterati in hailing the mission.
The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission 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 Modi - 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.

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra, who was among the millions of Indians staying up till the wee hours of the morning to watch the moon landing, 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'.'

India’s space agency lost contact with the Vikram lander around 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.

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

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'

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

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.

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."

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

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'.

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."

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."

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."

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

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."

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

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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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.

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