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As Chandrayaan 2 takes off, wishes come pouring in for Isro

Twitterati congratulate scientists, hail their efforts

By The Telegraph in Calcutta
  • Published 22.07.19, 5:43 PM
  • Updated 22.07.19, 8:05 PM
  • a min read
Fergusson College students watch the live telecast of the launch of Chandrayaan 2 in Pune on Monday (PTI photo)

After the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) scripted history with the launch of Chandrayaan 2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota, several leaders took to Twitter to salute the space agency’s prowess and congratulate Indians for pushing the boundaries of science.

Among those who tweeted congratulatory messages was Prime Minister Narendra Modi: 

He added a couple of minutes later: 

The President, Ram Nath Kovind, also joined hands with those posting messages on Chandrayaan 2: 

Isro, it seems, has made many fans after the successful launch of the moon mission. Shah Rukh Khan congratulated the team at Isro: 

Not too far behind was Akshay Kumar, who spoke about the toil of Isro scientists: 

Actor Nagarjuna hailed Isro’s efforts: 

Team India captain Virat Kohli also had a few words to say after the successful launch: 

Former cricketer and current MP Gautam Gambhir said he was interested in the “secrets” of the moon:

Virendra Sehwag, the firebrand former opener, tweeted: 

Another former cricketer, Mohammad Kaif, described the launch as a “proud moment for the nation”:

Others recalled an earlier “insult” to Indians:

There were some funny reactions as well... 

...while others found mythological similarities between how the GSLV looked before the launch and Lord Shiva’s cosmic dance: