After Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander lost contact with the ground station during its final descent to land on Moon, Team India captain Virat Kohli tweeted, "There's nothing like a failure in science, we experiment & we gain." "Massive respect for the scientists at #ISRO who worked relentlessly over days & nights. The nation is proud of you, Jai Hind!" he further said.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that we owe a "great debt to ISRO and the brilliant men and women who staff it." "Their hard work and dedication has earned India a place in the league of space-faring nations.... inspired generations to reach for the stars," she added.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said, "There is nothing to despair. ISRO only lost communication with the lander (Vikram) and not the hopes of 1.3 billion Indians." "I salute ISRO scientists, engineers & everyone else associated with Chandrayaan-2 for their hard work & dedication in trying to conquer new frontiers in space exploration," he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Bhutanese PM Lotay Tshering encouarged PM Narendra Modi and said, "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...I have no doubt PM Narendra Modi and his ISRO team will make it happen one day," he added.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who earlier criticized Chandrayaan-2 saying it was an attempt to divert attention from India's economic crisis, has praised the mission. "We're proud of our scientists. ISRO...worked hard for #Chandrayaan2. A befitting tribute to our founding fathers who envisioned India's place in the league of scientifically advanced nations far ahead of their times," she tweeted.