India’s Chandrayaan-3 successfully lands near moon’s south pole (video and updates)

New Delhi (IANS): Space agencies of the US, the UK and Europe have congratulated India for the success of its Chandrayaan-3 mission.

The Chandrayaan-3 mission, led by scientists at ISRO, made history on Wednesday after India became the first nation in the world to land near the south pole of the moon. India also became the fourth nation to make a soft landing on the moon after the former USSR, the US, and China.

“Congratulations ISRO on your successful Chandrayaan-3 lunar South Pole landing! And congratulations to India on being the 4th country to successfully soft-land a spacecraft on the Moon. We’re glad to be your partner on this mission!” Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator, said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

Chandrayaan-3 Mission: The image captured by the Landing Imager Camera after the landing. It shows a portion of Chandrayaan-3’s landing site. Seen also is a leg and its accompanying shadow. Chandrayaan-3 chose a relatively flat region on the lunar surface.

Photo: ISRO




“History made! Congratulations to ISRO,” added the UK Space Agency.

The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft comprises a propulsion module (weighing 2,148 kg), a lander (1,723.89 kg) and a rover (26 kg).

“Incredible! Congratulations to ISRO, Chandrayaan_3, and to all the people of India!!,” European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Josef Aschbacher said on X.

“What a way to demonstrate new technologies AND achieve India’s first soft landing on another celestial body,” he added.

Emphasising ESA’s support in the process, he said the agency “is learning great lessons and providing crucial expertise”.


Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has established a communication link with its moon lander that is now on the lunar soil.

India’s moon lander part of the Chandrayaan-3 mission safely landed on the lunar surface on Wednesday.

“The communication link is established between the Chandrayaan-3 Lander and MOX-ISTRAC, Bengaluru,” ISRO said.

The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft comprises a propulsion module (weighing 2,148 kg), a lander (1,723.89 kg) and a rover (26 kg).

The primary communication channel will be the Mission Operations Complex at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), Bengaluru, to Chandrayaan-3 Propulsion Module which in turn would talk to the lander and the rover.

Earlier, ISRO had said the moon lander had established communication links with the Chandrayaan-2 mission’s orbiter that is circling the moon since 2019.

The space agency also said the Mission Operations Complex now has more routes to communicate with the lander.

In other words, the Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter will be the backup communication channel for ISRO with the lander.


INDIA’S President Droupadi Murmu said in her congratulatory message to ISRO and everyone associated with Chandrayaan-3 mission: “There are days when history is made. Today, with the successful moon landing of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, our scientists have not only made history, but also remade the idea of geography! It is truly a momentous occasion, the kind of event that happens once in a lifetime, making all Indians proud. I congratulate ISRO and everybody involved in this mission, and wish them greater accomplishments ahead.

“The success of Chandrayaan, I believe, is also a major achievement for the whole of humankind. It shows how India has harnessed its rich traditional knowledge base along with modern science in the service of humanity”.

Bengaluru: Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Scientists celebrate as third lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 successfully touches down on the Moon’s surface, at the ISRO headquarters, in Bengaluru, on Wednesday.


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