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Take pride India, have courage: Support pours in from across the world for team ISRO

File Photo: ISRO Chief K Sivan. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 08, 2019, 11.03 AM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Leaders, space scientists and eminent personalities from across the globe on Saturday lauded India and the space research organisation for coming so near to the unexplored, far side of the Moon

"Take pride India and have courage @isro," tweeted out Israel's envoy to India, Ron Malka. 

"This is a great achievement and it is not the end. Israel is no stranger to the stumbling blocks on the way to a soft landing and we know India will try again and complete the last step. We will see you there," his tweet read. 

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A day before India's ambitious mission was to witness Chandryaan-2 rover march on to the lunar South Pole, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos had tweeted out saying that he is "rooting for team India". 

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Alice G Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, on Saturday congratulated ISRO for its incredible efforts to place 'Vikram' lander of Chandrayaan 2 on the Moon's south pole and said the mission is a huge step forward for India.

The US diplomat also said that India will "no doubt" achieve its space aspirations.

"We congratulate ISRO on their incredible efforts on Chandrayaan 2. The mission is a huge step forward for India and will continue to produce valuable data to fuel scientific advancements. We have no doubt that India will achieve its space aspirations," Wells said in a tweet posted on the page of US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.

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Space research organisations and agencies all across the globe congratulated India for keeping the courage to execute such a herculean task. 

NASA expressed solidarity and, in a tweet, said that "Space is hard. We commend @ISRO’s attempt to land their #Chandrayaan2 mission on the Moon’s South Pole".

Director-General of UAE Space Agency extended support to India on Chandrayaan-2. 

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"The Statement by Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, DG of UAE Space Agency on Chandrayan-2 reflects the perspective of a renowned scientist on the achievements of team @isro. And shows the strength of #IndiaUAE ties. @MEAIndia @PMOIndia," tweeted Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Australian Space Agency on Saturday applauded ISRO's efforts to place 'Vikram' lander of Chandrayaan 2 mission on the moon's south pole."The Vikram Lander was just a few kilometres short of realising its mission to the Moon. To the team at ISRO, we applaud your efforts and the commitment to continue our journey into space. #Chandrayaan2," the space agency tweeted.

The communication with Vikram lander was lost in the wee hours of Saturday, moments before its planned landing on the south pole region of the moon. 

ISRO chairman K Sivan announced that communication with the lander was lost at 2.1 km from the lunar surface.

The Vikram lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan 2 orbiter on September 2. The Chandrayaan 2 orbiter continues to orbit the moon.
After revolving around the Earth's orbit for nearly 23 days, the spacecraft began its journey to the moon on August 14. 

The mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22.

In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed ISRO's scientists saying that they live for the country and irrespective of setbacks, the country's resolve to reach the moon has strengthened more.

(With inputs from ANI) 

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'Israel is no stranger to the stumbling blocks on the way to a soft landing and we know India will try again and complete the last step. We will see you there,' Israeli envoy tweeted out.