India’s Moon Landing Triumph: Chandrayaan-3 Marks Historic Achievement
In the grand tapestry of space exploration, India’s moon landing is a shining thread that weaves a story of human unity and aspiration (Photo: Northern Public Radio)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Celebrates Historic India’s Moon Landing, Overjoyed with the Achievement
According to an article from Space, India’s moon landing with Chandrayaan-3 on August 23 was a historic achievement, placing India alongside China, the former Soviet Union, and the United States in lunar exploration.
Prime Minister Modi emphasized the global significance of India’s moon landing, highlighting its symbolic unity and vision for a better world.
ISRO chairman Sreedhara Somanath praised the mission’s flawless execution, making India the first to explore the moon’s southern pole.
International space agencies showed strong support on social media following India’s moon landing. NASA’s Bill Nelson extended his congratulations to ISRO and India for their successful moon landing. The European Space Agency (ESA) Director General, Josef Aschbacher, also commended India’s moon landing and highlighted ESA’s pivotal role in the mission’s success through ground stations in French Guiana, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Chandrayaan-3 Lands Successfully on Moon’s South Pole: A New Era of Lunar Exploration Begins
According to the ABC News, following India’s moon landing and the successful soft landing, Chandrayaan-3’s remaining objectives include showcasing the rover’s mobility on the lunar surface and conducting on-site scientific experiments. The lander and rover will remain operational for approximately two weeks, allowing researchers to investigate various aspects such as lunar surface temperature, seismic activity, the chemical composition of rocks and soil, and any variations in the moon’s tenuous atmosphere.
The lunar south pole is of particular interest due to the presence of detected frozen water, although it has remained relatively unexplored because of its challenging terrain, which includes impact craters. India’s moon landing in 2019, with Chandrayaan-2, encountered a setback due to a last-minute software glitch, resulting in the lander crashing onto the lunar surface.
Chandrayaan-3’s successful landing occurred just four days after Russia’s Luna 25 spacecraft, launched on August 11, experienced a lunar crash while the country sought to return to the moon for the first time since Luna 24’s successful landing in 1976.