NASA commends India’s Chandrayaan-3 moon landing, hails landmark achievement


India’s triumphant achievement of successfully landing Chandrayaan-3 on the lunar surface has garnered widespread acclaim from American politicians, space research institutions, and mainstream newspapers. This milestone has propelled India into an exclusive club, joining the ranks of the United States, Russia, and China as the only nations to have a rover on the moon’s surface. Notably, India has become the first country within this elite group to achieve a rover landing on the moon’s south pole region, an area believed to harbor water traces by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

US Vice President Kamala Harris hailed the accomplishment on social media, recognizing it as a significant feat for the scientists and engineers involved and expressing pride in the partnership between India and the United States in space exploration. The National Space Council, led by Harris, has been instrumental in fostering discussions on space cooperation between the two nations.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson extended his congratulations to ISRO, emphasizing their successful lunar south pole landing and underscoring NASA’s partnership with India on this mission. The success of Chandrayaan-3 marks India as the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the moon’s surface.


The achievement has not only drawn praise from prominent figures but also gained recognition from American newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. These publications acknowledged India’s remarkable feat and highlighted its significance within the broader context of space exploration.

Additionally, Indian American CEOs Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Sundar Pichai of Google conveyed their congratulations, highlighting the accomplishment’s importance in advancing the future of space exploration. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson also lauded India’s achievement, noting its uniqueness as the first mission to approach the lunar south pole.

With ISRO’s remarkable success in the Chandrayaan-3 mission, India’s role in space exploration has received worldwide recognition, further establishing the nation as a significant player in the field of space technology and discovery.