India makes lunar history as Chandrayaan-3 lands safely on moon

By Our Reporter
The image (of Chandrayaan-3) captured by the Landing Imager Camera after the landing. Caption & photo courtesy ISRO @isro

India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft has achieved a significant milestone by making a successful landing on the lunar surface on Wednesday. This accomplishment marks India as the fourth nation globally to achieve this feat, following the United States, China, and the former Soviet Union.

Coming on the heels of a failed Russian lunar landing, the Chandrayaan-3 mission is poised to explore a previously unvisited area on the moon. This specific region is of particular interest due to the presence of water ice, which holds potential as a resource for future space missions, reports said.

This endeavour not only underscores India’s prowess in space exploration but also holds the promise of enhancing the country’s standing as a prominent global player in space technology.

Named after the Sanskrit term for “moon craft,” the Indian spacecraft was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on 14 July 2023.

Following a previous unsuccessful attempt to softly land a rover on the moon, the Chandrayaan-3 mission successfully reached the moon’s far side this time. The landing achievement holds great significance, as it places India in an exclusive group of nations capable of achieving lunar landings.

The landing site chosen for Chandrayaan-3 is historically notable, as it is closer to the moon’s south pole than any other previous spacecraft has ventured. This region is of immense scientific and strategic importance to various countries engaged in space exploration.

Scientists believe that the south pole area harbours water ice deposits in shadowy craters. The frozen water has the potential to serve as a valuable resource, capable of being converted into rocket fuel and even potable water for future manned missions.

Even as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was attending the BRICS Summit in South Africa, he virtually witnessed the historic landing and shared his thoughts during a livestream broadcast. He highlighted the global significance of India’s achievement, emphasising the country’s role as the G20 presidency and its commitment to a unified approach toward a shared future.

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to express his pride in Chandrayaan-3’s success, viewing it as a reflection of the aspirations and capabilities of India’s 1.4 billion citizens.

This accomplishment paves the way for new horizons in space exploration, underscoring India’s determination to push boundaries and explore the cosmos.

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