23 August: Today is a remarkable day for India as its spacecraft, Chandrayaan-3, has achieved a successful landing on the Moon. This marks our second attempt at this incredible feat, showing our determination to explore outer space and establish ourselves as a space-capable nation. This achievement comes shortly after a Russian lander experienced a crash during a similar mission.
The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), aimed to touch down softly on the Moon’s south pole at around 6:04 p.m. local time (1234 GMT) on Wednesday. ISRO was well-prepared to execute the automatic landing sequence of the spacecraft. This sequence involves a smart algorithm taking control as the spacecraft approaches its intended landing spot, guiding it safely to the surface.
P. Veeramuthuvel, the Project Director of Chandrayaan-3, proudly declared, “We have become the first country to reach the vicinity of the Moon’s South Pole.” This achievement speaks volumes about our progress in space exploration.
S. Somanath, the head of ISRO, extended his heartfelt congratulations to the entire team for the successful completion of the Chandrayaan-3 mission. This accomplishment underlines India’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of space exploration and achieving new milestones.
With this successful landing, we embark on a new chapter of space exploration, reinforcing our position as a growing space power. Let’s celebrate this momentous achievement and look forward to the valuable insights and discoveries that Chandrayaan-3 will undoubtedly bring from its journey to the Moon’s surface.