On July 22, 2019, the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched India's second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, from Sriharikota.
With the launch, India became the fourth nation, after the US, Russia, and China, to pull off a soft landing on the moon. As congratulations poured in from across the world, NASA also commended ISRO for successfully pulling off the launch.
Congrats to @ISRO on the launch of Chandrayaan 2, a mission to study the Moon. We're proud to support your mission comms using our Deep Space Network and look forward to what you learn about the lunar South pole where we will send astronauts on our #Artemis mission in a few years pic.twitter.com/dOcWBX3kOE— NASA (@NASA) July 22, 2019
However, Twitterati called out NASA's apparent 'compliment', that appeared to cater more to their own capabilities, and less on ISRO's remarkable achievement:
I am sure your #Artemis will seek help from our mission....you are welcome— ashish kumar (@AksharmaEr) July 22, 2019
NASA: When we are successful, we talk about our success.— Sreejan Alapati (@SreejanAlapati) July 22, 2019
NASA: When others are successful, we boast our capabilities. 😒
I can smell arrogance in @NASA tweet here.U guys keep ur arrogance. We ll @isro break it everytime. N don't forget most of ur scientists are Indians or of Indian origin. You guys have money..we got brains ...don't forget that. Soon we will catch u guys ..India has just started!— Munmun Das (@munmun0506) July 22, 2019
Is NASA flexing on ISRO or genuinely congratulating.— 👨💻 Ketan Ramteke 👨💻 (@theketan2) July 22, 2019
Anyways, thanks and best wishes for your upcoming manned moon mission. pic.twitter.com/nSJCaOGmTd
I don't like the tone of this tweet. NASA being cocky and condescending. Just appreciate the achievement the success of @isro . Don't have to beat your drums in the same tweet. 🙄😏— PRABAL HAZARIKA (@PrabalH25) July 22, 2019
You guys are still using Russian made SOYUZ rockets to launch your Satellites. But Russians never gave any disrespectful statements like this.— Mishu 🐨 (@learning_from_u) July 23, 2019
Stop Embarrassing yourself !!#Chandryaan2 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Kzn9kLrxm5
Are you all praising us or putting up your agenda.???... This is a very Patronizing piece of Propoganda... Didnt know you would have to ride Piggyback on Indian achievements.. Shows your vulnerablity... Remember you started decades early... But we are nearly there...— Nandan (@questionsaglore) July 22, 2019
Am I only one who feels that,— Sushant Prakash (@sushant71041356) July 23, 2019
There is a smell of arrogance in this tweet...??
Thanks ! A gift from India 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/qRoWriMrG5— Rightist Ram (@YttriumBarium) July 22, 2019
NASA - I am the only super power in space— Ravish (@ravishdear) July 22, 2019
ISRO - Am i joke to you 🤨
@NASA , even you use Russian rockets to launch your satellites, it really isn't a big deal. I am sorry but the tweet is half-hearted, anyway we are proud of @isro #ThankyouISRO https://t.co/aEEOhFvFTJ— Saket Jha (@saketjha5) July 23, 2019
Who knew even the moon had sour grapes?