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Chandrayaan-3: India makes historic landing near Moon’s south pole


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India has become the first country to successfully land on the lunar south pole, achieving an impressive accomplishment.

India has made history as its Moon mission became the first to land in the lunar south pole region. With this, India joins an elite club of countries to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, after the US, the former Soviet Union and China.

Celebrations have broken out across India after the successful touchdown by the robotic lander which is carrying a rover in its belly. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the successful landing “a joyous occasion”. “We have reached where no other country could,” he said. Mr Modi was watching the event live from South Africa where he is attending the BRICS summit.

The Chandrayaan-3 Mission, coming four years after the failure of Chandrayaan-2 in 2019, has now put India in the company of the United States, the former Soviet Union and China, the other three countries ever to land spacecraft on the Moon.

The spacecraft had been launched on July 14 and was to land today. The descent began at 5.45 pm, with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) starting the live telecast at 5.20 pm.

With the success of Chandrayaan-3, India has become a space power with a proven track record. India’s space economy is expected to grow to $12.8 billion by 2025. Overall, countries have made 47 attempts at soft landing on the moon of which only 21, including Chandrayaan-3, have been successful.

Odishaconnect wishes all scientists of India for this milestone achievement.

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