Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head straight to Bengaluru in Karnataka on a pre-scheduled visit from Greece after concluding his two-nation tour today. He will meet the scientists of the ISRO team involved in the Chandrayaan-3 mission.
After a 40-day journey in space, the Chandrayaan-3 lander, ‘Vikram’, touched down on the uncharted lunar south pole on Wednesday evening, making India the first country to do so.
In addition, the Prime Minister joined online the live broadcast of the landing of Chandrayaan-3 from South Africa.
PM Modi lauded the Chandrayaan-3 mission that created history by soft landing on the Moon’s surface and said, “India is now on the Moon”.
“We feel very proud when we see such historical moments. It is the dawn of a new India,” he said.
He said, “We resolved on the earth and realized it on the moon… India is now on the moon.”
India became the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to successfully conduct a lunar landing mission.
Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft tilted the Vikram lander to a horizontal position on the lunar surface before landing.
The spacecraft was launched on 14 July from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
A GSLV Mark 3 (LVM 3) heavy-lift launch vehicle was used to launch the spacecraft, which was placed in the lunar orbit on 5 August and since then, it has been undergoing orbital procedures before reaching the lunar surface. passed through a series of ,
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first published: 25 August 2023 | 8:50 a.m. First