Hours after India’s third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, made history when the Vikram lander touched down on the Moon’s surface on Wednesday night, filmmaker Rakesh Roshan took up one of the top spots. top of the trend list. What is the connection, you ask. Well, West Bengal Minister Mamata Banerjee has a part to play in that.
It so happened that Mamata Banerjee, while speaking at an event in Kolkata ahead of the Chandrayaan-3 moon landing on August 23, referred to Indian astronaut Rakesh Sharma as Rakesh Roshan in a blooper went viral.
“First of all, congratulations Isro. Please land safely. We wish you a safe and healthy journey. Before that, you also know, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi put a man on the moon. We were young then. When Rakesh Roshan (sic) landed on the moon, Indira Gandhi asked him what India looks like from there. And they said, Saare jahaan se achcha, Hindustan hamara,” Mamata Banerjee said.
A former pilot of the Indian Air Force, Rakesh Sharma was the first Indian to travel into space in 1984 as part of the Soviet Union’s Interkosmos programme.
Meanwhile, the conversation on X (formerly Twitter) all revolved around Rakesh Roshan. There are a lot of memes, as social media users also use stills from the movie featuring his son Rakesh Roshan, actor Hrithik Roshan’s reaction to Mamata Banerjee’s misconduct.
Sample these tweets:
Chandrayaan-3, a Rs 600 billion mission, was launched on 14 July using a Mark-III Launch Vehicle (LVM-3) rocket. The mission aims to reach the moon’s south pole in 41 days. It succeeded despite the recent failure of the Russian Luna-25 spacecraft.
India made history by becoming the first country to land a spacecraft near the moon’s south pole. Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the moon’s south pole at 6:04 p.m. Wednesday after a perfect 41-day journey.
With the Moon landing in its second attempt in four years, India has become the fourth country to master soft landing technology on the Moon’s surface after the US, China and the former Soviet Union.
August 24, 2023