India celebrates milestone as Chandrayaan-3 lander successfully lands on moon’s surface

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In a historic achievement, India has successfully reached the Moon’s surface with the triumphant landing of the Lander Module (LM) of ISRO’s third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3. Notably, India has secured the distinction of being the first country to accomplish a lunar landing near the Moon’s south pole.

Launched on July 14, ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 Lander Module executed a flawless landing on the lunar surface on August 23, thus joining the ranks of the former USSR, the U.S., and China as one of the few nations to achieve a soft landing on the Moon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his congratulations to the team of scientists at ISRO, emphasizing that India’s lunar success is a global achievement, resonating with the principles of unity and shared humanity.

At precisely 6.03 p.m., the Lander touched down on the Moon’s surface, triggering euphoric celebrations at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking, and Command Network’s (ISTRAC) Mission Operations Complex (MOX) in Bengaluru. In the imminent hours, the Lander will deploy the Rover, tasked with conducting in-situ chemical analysis of the lunar surface as it navigates its designated route. Designed for a mission life of one Lunar day, equivalent to 14 Earth days, both the Lander and Rover are equipped with scientific payloads to conduct extensive experiments on the Moon’s terrain.

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Project Director Veeramuthuvel, the guiding force behind Chandrayaan-3, applauded the coordinated efforts of the entire team spanning four years for the mission’s triumphant outcome. The mission operations, encompassing every step from launch to landing, proceeded seamlessly according to the timeline. Veeramuthuvel expressed immense satisfaction and acknowledged the critical roles played by the navigation guidance and control team, propulsion team, sensors team, and other critical subsystems teams.

He attributed the success to meticulous review processes and the concerted collaboration of Chandrayaan-3 project executives dispersed across various ISRO centers. The significance of India’s achievement lies not only in its own accomplishment but also in its role as a global exemplar of successful lunar exploration, reiterating the nation’s commitment to collaborative progress and scientific advancement.