New Delhi, August 23: India on Wednesday scripted history by becoming the first country in the world to land the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft on the Moon’s south pole, days after a Russian probe Luna-25 crashed in the same region.
At 6.04 PM, ISRO’s Vikram lander successfully soft-landed on Moon’s south pole – an unchartered territory that scientists believe could hold important reserves.
“India is now on the moon and the success of the lunar mission has sounded the bugle for the emergence of a developed nation,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Chandrayaan-3 landed successfully on the lunar surface.
“We are witness to the new flight of new India. A new history has been written,” Modi said while addressing ISRO scientists virtually from Johannesburg, and described the Chandrayaan-3 landing on the moon as the “first light of ‘Amrit Kaal’ and the ‘Amrit Varsha’ of success.”
“This is a moment to cherish forever,” Modi said, noting that India has reached the South Pole of the moon where no country has ventured so far and congratulated scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the historic feat.