In a significant leap for space exploration, India achieved a momentous milestone as its spacecraft, Chandrayaan-3, successfully executed a precise landing near the moon’s southern pole. This achievement, marking India’s venture into uncharted lunar terrain with potential frozen water and valuable elements, was met with jubilation and pride among ISRO scientists in Bengaluru. The historic moment unfolded at 6:04 IST as the lander housing a rover gently touched down on the lunar surface. The successful landing elicited applause and cheers from the gathering, reaffirming India’s prowess in space exploration.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently participating in the BRICS summit in South Africa, was also part of the momentous occasion. He connected with ISRO via a video call, closely observing the landing from abroad and extending his congratulations to the team.
This achievement comes after a previous attempt nearly four years ago, making India a trailblazer in securing the distinction of being the first nation to successfully land near the moon’s lesser-explored southern pole region. This achievement places India in the esteemed company of the United States, the Soviet Union, and China as nations that have successfully executed lunar landings.
As the nation celebrated this remarkable space feat, the Indian cricket fraternity also joined in congratulating ISRO for the significant accomplishment. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on their official Twitter account, shared a video of the Indian cricket team following the Chandrayaan-3 moon landing just before their 3rd T20I against Ireland.
Several Indian cricketers, including the team’s captain Rohit Sharma, expressed their admiration and congratulated ISRO for the remarkable feat. The convergence of cricket and space achievement highlighted the unity of national pride and achievement across various domains.
Chandrayaan-3 embarked on its mission on July 14, embarking on a 41-day journey to reach the lunar south pole. A crucial aspect of the mission was the design of a meticulously engineered lander paired with a six-wheeled rover, together weighing 1,752 kg. These advanced components were specially designed to operate optimally during a single lunar daylight period, which spans approximately 14 Earth days.
This successful landing follows the challenges faced during the Chandrayaan-2 mission, wherein the lander ‘Vikram’ encountered difficulties and crashed into the lunar surface moments before its intended touch down on September 7, 2019. Chandrayaan’s inaugural mission dates back to 2008.
As the nation witnessed the triumphant Chandrayaan-3 landing, the Indian cricket team continues its endeavors on the Ireland tour. The team aimed to conclude the T20I series on a high note as it competed against the home side in the third and final T20I match in Dublin. This match held on Wednesday served as the team’s final appearance in the shortest format before transitioning to the ODI format, as preparations intensify for the World Cup scheduled for October-November.