India successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon’s south pole on Wednesday this week, becoming only the fourth country to achieve such a feat after the United States, the former Soviet Union, and China.
The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-3 lander touched down at 6:15am IST (01:45 GMT), following a seven-week journey to the lunar surface.
India is also the first country to land a spacecraft on the moon’s south pole, which is a region that has been largely unexplored.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission is a follow-up to the ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 mission, which failed to land on the moon in 2019. The new mission is equipped with a rover that will explore the lunar surface for up to 100 days.
The successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 is a major achievement for India’s space program and a boost to the country’s scientific and technological prowess. It is also a significant moment for the global space community, as it demonstrates the growing capabilities of developing countries in the field of space exploration.
The landing was watched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who congratulated the ISRO team on their success. “This is a historic moment for India and for humanity,” Modi said in a statement. “It is a tribute to the ingenuity and perseverance of our scientists and engineers.”
The Chandrayaan-3 mission is part of India’s ambitious space program, which also includes plans to send a human mission to the moon by 2024. The success of the mission will help to pave the way for India’s future space exploration goals.
The landing of Chandrayaan-3 is a landmark moment in India’s space program and a significant achievement for the global space community. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the ISRO team, and it is a source of pride for the people of India.
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