After a long wait, ISRO declared on August 23 that Chandrayaan-3’s lander had safely landed in the Moon’s southern polar zone. As this is a great triumph for humanity, we are already receiving congratulations from all around the world. The entire globe is now hailing INDIA.
Bill Nelson, the administrator of NASA, expressed his enthusiasm and congratulations on Twitter, lauding ISRO’s feat and India’s status as the fourth country to achieve a soft lunar landing. He underscored NASA’s role as a partner in this remarkable mission, emphasizing the collaborative nature of space exploration.
The European Space Agency (ESA) also celebrated this historic moment. Rolf Densing, Director of operations at ESA’s ESOC mission operations centre in Germany, highlighted ESA’s support to ISRO’s endeavors and affirmed the strengthening relationship between the agencies.
ESA’s contribution in providing deep space communication support to Chandrayaan-3 exemplifies the international cooperation that underpins such missions.
Congratulations flowed in from Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos as well, acknowledging the successful lunar landing as a significant achievement for India. The UK Space Agency joined the chorus, hailing ISRO’s accomplishment in launching Chandrayaan-3.
India’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj, encapsulated the profound impact of this mission on humanity. She emphasized that Chandrayaan-3’s successful landing not only marked India’s presence on the Moon but also symbolized the aspirations of the country’s 1.4 billion citizens.
Global leaders and dignitaries also voiced their admiration. Pedro Sánchez, the Prime Minister of Spain, highlighted how India’s achievement opens up new horizons for humanity and underscores the power of science to drive progress.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, celebrated India’s historic achievement as the first country to achieve a soft landing on the Moon’s southern polar region. His words resonated with the pride felt by Indians and space enthusiasts worldwide.
The significance of Chandrayaan-3’s triumph was eloquently expressed by Mike Gold, Chief Growth Officer of Redwire Space and former NASA official. He commended India’s innovative approach, human capital, and capabilities that have propelled the nation’s lunar ambitions. Gold underscored that India’s success resonates globally, heralding a new era of lunar development.
Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself watched the Chandrayaan-3 landing and reached out to ISRO chief S. Somanath to personally extend his congratulations. Modi’s call conveyed a heartfelt message of pride and accomplishment, connecting Somanath’s name to the Moon and expressing solidarity with ISRO’s remarkable achievement.