India has become only the fourth country in history to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon, the Chandrayaan-3.
The project might solidify India’s position as a global space giant. Only the former Soviet Union, China, and the United States have succeeded in gentle landings on the moon.
Additionally, Chandrayaan-3 will land on the moon closer to its south pole than any previous mission in history. Scientists believe the South Pole region contains water ice deposits, making it a major area of strategic and scientific significance for spacefaring countries.
One Earth, one Family, One Future
The water, frozen in gloomy craters, might be used to make drinking water or rocket fuel for upcoming crewed expeditions.
While attending the BRICS Summit in South Africa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessed the landing remotely and offered broadcasted remarks on the webcast.
I would like to address all people in the world on this joyful occasion,” he remarked. “Indian success in its moon mission is not exclusive to India. India is holding the G20 presidency this year, which is being seen by the entire world. Our philosophy of “one Earth, one family, one future” is finding resonance all around the world.
“This human-centric strategy that we propose and that we stand for has gained widespread acceptance. The same human-centric methodology is used for our moon mission as well, Modi continued. Therefore, this accomplishment belongs to all of humanity and will support future moon missions by other nations.
Only a few days have passed since another country’s failed effort to land its spacecraft near the lunar south pole. The first lunar landing attempt by Russia in 47 years was aborted on August 19 when the Luna 25 spacecraft collided with the moon after experiencing engine trouble.
The journey of Chandrayaan 3
Chandrayaan-3’s cameras took pictures as it got closer to the moon, including one from August 20 that the Indian space agency released on Tuesday. The picture shows the moon’s surface up close.
The three components of India’s lunar lander—a lander, a rover, and a propulsion module—gave the spacecraft all the thrust it needed to travel the 384,400 kilometers (238,855 miles) between the moon and Earth.
After being launched from the propulsion module, the lander, known as Vikram, made the exact maneuvers necessary to land gently on the lunar surface. Pragyan, a little six-wheeled rover tucked within, will roll down a ramp to leave the lander.