OVER THE MOONIndia Becomes the First Country to Successfully Land a Spacecraft on Moon’s South Pole

India’s Chandrayaan-3 has achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first space mission to successfully land near the south pole of the Moon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this momentous achievement, stating, “India is now on the Moon,” as the Vikram lander successfully touched down on the lunar surface.

P Veeramuthuvel, the project director of the mission says the spacecraft’s successful landing has brought him “immense satisfaction.”

Contained within the Vikram lander is the six-wheeled Pragyaan rover, a vital component of the mission’s objective. If the mission proceeds according to plan, the Pragyaan rover will traverse the lunar landscape, collecting valuable images and data.

One of the key aspirations of this mission is to explore craters that remain perpetually shrouded in shadow on the Moon’s dark side. Scientists speculate that these shadowed craters might harbor frozen water, offering insights into the Moon’s geology and potentially supporting future human exploration efforts.

Chandrayaan-3 marks India’s third lunar mission, underlining the nation’s dedication to space exploration and technological advancement. This achievement comes on the heels of a recent setback in the space arena, as Russia’s unmanned Luna-25 spacecraft encountered difficulties and ultimately crashed into the Moon.

India’s successful lunar landing reinforces its position as a significant player in space exploration and underscores the country’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery. As the Pragyaan rover embarks on its mission to explore the lunar terrain, scientists and space enthusiasts alike await the invaluable insights that this endeavor is poised to provide.


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