India Makes History with Chandrayaan-3’s Successful Landing on the Moon

India’s Chandrayaan-3 has successfully landed on the Moon’s South Pole, making history for the nation that becomes the first to achieve this feat.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from a live stream in Johannesburg, South Africa. “We have created history today,” he said.

“We reached where no nation has reached before. All the people of the world, the people of every country and region, India’s successful Moon mission is not just India’s alone, this is the year in which the world is witnessing the G20 presidency. our approach of one earth, one family one future, is resonating across the globe,” Modi said.

“This human-centric approach that we present and we represent has been welcomed universally. Our Moon mission is also based on the same human-centric approach therefore this success belongs to all of humanity and it will help Moon missions by other countries in the future. I am confident that all countries in the world including those from the global South are capable of achieving such feats. We can all aspire for the moon and beyond.” 

The Lander Module of Chandrayaan-3, which translates to ‘Moon craft’ in Sanskrit landed on the surface shortly after 18:00 hours India time (16:30 UAE time).

Indians all around the world took to social media to celebrate and congratulate the country on this historic feat.

Just days after the Russian mission failed to land in the same region, India became the first nation to land a spacecraft on the Moon’s south pole.

The Chandrayaan-3 is the follow-up to the Chandrayaan-2 mission in 2019, which failed when the Vikram lander crashed into the lunar surface. 

Built at a total cost of around $75 million, the Chandrayaan-3 project is a comparatively low-budget programme and is expected to enhance the reputation of ISRO worldwide.


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