The successful landing of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft on the moon ignited widespread celebrations throughout India and among Indians globally. On a remarkable Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved an unprecedented milestone by executing a flawless soft landing on the moon’s southern pole. This achievement not only solidified India’s place in space exploration but also marked the first-ever successful landing on the moon’s south pole by any country.

At 6:04 AM IST, the lander, carrying a rover, made a controlled and meticulous contact with the lunar surface, prompting an outpouring of applause and jubilation from Indians worldwide.

Across various social media platforms, netizens joined in the jubilant atmosphere, expressing their excitement and extending heartfelt congratulations to ISRO for the triumphant conclusion of this historic mission. This accomplishment held a profound significance, especially given ISRO’s perseverance following the setbacks faced during a previous attempt in 2019 when the mission encountered difficulties during its final stage.

Back on September 6, 2019, the lander had experienced an unfortunate crash due to a deviation from its intended trajectory caused by a software glitch. Learning from that experience, ISRO embraced a fresh approach in 2023. The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft was launched in July, embarking on a 41-day voyage that culminated in a gentle landing on the moon’s south pole.

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Amid the jubilance, a controversial incident emerged when the Mumbai Indians’ administration shared a tweet that fans found to be “disrespectful” and “shameful.” The tweet drew parallels between India’s loss in the 2019 World Cup, their aspirations for the 2023 World Cup, and Chandrayaan-2’s 2019 failure and the subsequent success of Chandrayaan-3 in 2023. The tweet featured an image of India and Mumbai Indians captain, Rohit Sharma.

Mumbai Indians’ tweet triggered a flurry of reactions, with many expressing their disappointment and criticism. Here’s a glimpse of the original post and the subsequent responses: