NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of Chandrayaan-3, marking a significant milestone in India's space odyssey. The mission's unprecedented complexity and ambition have captivated the nation, fueling the dreams and aspirations of every Indian. This extraordinary achievement stands as a testament to the tireless dedication and exceptional ingenuity of our brilliant scientists. Their spirit and unwavering commitment are truly commendable.
Embarking on a month-long journey from Earth to the moon, Chandrayaan-3 will traverse the vast expanse of space, with a scheduled landing date of August 23. Once it touches down, it will operate ceaselessly for one lunar day, equivalent to 14 Earth days. By landing its spacecraft on the moon's surface, India will join an elite group of nations, including the United States, China, and Russia, who have successfully accomplished this awe-inspiring feat. This mission will not only showcase India's prowess in safe and soft lunar landings but also contribute to our understanding of the moon's enigmatic secrets.
Chandrayaan-3 serves as a remarkable sequel to its predecessor, Chandrayaan-2, which encountered challenges during its attempted soft landing in 2019, ultimately falling short of its primary objectives. Undeterred by setbacks, ISRO has persisted with determination and resolve, embarking on this follow-up mission to achieve unprecedented success. As the spacecraft maneuvers through its orbit-raising phase, it will embark on a 300,000 km odyssey towards the moon, armed with a suite of sophisticated scientific instruments designed to unravel the mysteries of its surface. This monumental endeavor will undoubtedly advance our knowledge and illuminate the secrets held within the moon, an invaluable repository of Earth's past.
India's successful lunar mission will not only transform life on our home planet but also open new frontiers of exploration within our solar system and beyond. The moon, with its untapped resources and profound scientific significance, beckons humanity to push the boundaries of knowledge and discovery. Today, as we celebrate the historic launch of Chandrayaan-3, July 14, 2023, shall forever be etched in golden letters in the annals of India's illustrious space sector history.
Prime Minister Modi, with utmost gratitude, acknowledges the remarkable achievements of our scientists, whose brilliance has propelled India to the forefront of the global space community. Chandrayaan-1, a pioneering mission that confirmed the presence of water molecules on the moon, revolutionized lunar exploration and garnered global acclaim, with over 200 scientific publications dedicated to its groundbreaking discoveries. The legacy of Chandrayaan-1 resonates with pride, setting the stage for the remarkable journey that Chandrayaan-3 embarks upon today.
Together, we march forward, driven by boundless curiosity and an unwavering commitment to unravel the mysteries of the cosmos. India's space odyssey enters a new chapter, and the future shines brighter than ever before.