The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft made history when it landed on the moon on Wednesday. The mission meant that India was the first country in the world to land on the moon’s unexplored and rugged south pole.
The landing took place a few days after a similar attempt by the Russians. The Russian Luna-25 mission was unsuccessful.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the event as unforgettable.
“This moment is unforgettable. It is phenomenal. This is a victory cry of a new India.”
Modi was watching the mission landing from South Africa where he is currently attending a BRICS summit.
The event was celebrated by scientists, officials and the public alike as they hugged each other.
This remarkable event has made India only the fourth country to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon. The other countries are the United States, China and Russia.
Russian president Vladimir Putin congratulated India on the Kremlin’s website.
“This is a big step forward in space exploration and of course a testament to the impressive progress made by India in the field of science and technology.”
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