In what is known to be a landmark achievement, India has taken a leap towards a new tomorrow and marked up humanity's efforts to explore the cosmos as India's moon mission Chandrayaan-3 has made a successful soft landing near the moon's South Pole. This has also brought cheer to a billion hearts and propelled India to the elite space club.
Interestingly, India has emerged as the first nation to land near the South Pole, which has become the hottest new destination since traces of water were found on the moon.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) took to its Twitter handle and shared an official update about the same. The tweet read: Chandrayaan-3 Mission:'India🇮🇳, I reached my destination and you too!' : Chandrayaan-3 Chandrayaan-3 has successfully soft-landed on the moon 🌖!. Congratulations, India 🇮🇳! #Chandrayaan_3 #Ch3 (sic).”
Earlier, ISRO in its tweet on Tuesday had said that the Chandrayaan-3 moon mission was on schedule and the systems were undergoing regular checks.
While the nationwide celebrations have already begun, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who joined in the event online from South Africa, where he is attending the BRICS Summit, said: "This moment is precious and unprecedented. This moment announces the victory of new India. This moment is the strength of 1.4 billion heartbeats".
"India reached the uncharted lunar South Pole because of our scientists' hard work and talent... Our moon mission is also based on the human-centric approach, which is why the success belongs to all humanity. It will help moon missions by the other countries in the future," he added, as reported by NDTV.
Over the next 14 days, equivalent to one moon day, the Pragyan Rover will send images and data from the surface of the moon. Following which, its activity is likely to slow down, given that it is powered by solar cells.
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