24 Aug 2023

Chandrayaan-3 Rover Walks On Lunar Surface; ISRO Says India Took A Walk On Moon

India has become the first country to reach the south pole of the moon. Chandrayaan 3 landed on the surface of the moon. Rover Pragyan came out from the lander Vikram. It was Pragyan that imprinted the national symbol of India on the surface of the moon. 

On the other hand, early in the morning, the rover was once again seen walking on the moon. ISRO has given information about this by tweeting by saying India took a walk on the Moon..

"Chandrayaan-3 ROVER: Made in India--Made for the Moon! The Chandrayaan-3 Rover ramped down from the lander and India took a walk on the moon!," ISRO said.

The lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan) -- with a total mass of 1,752 kg -- are designed to operate for one lunar daylight period (about 14 Earth days) to study the surroundings there.

The rover will carry out in-situ chemical analysis of the lunar surface during the course of its mobility.

Both the lander and the rover have scientific payloads to carry out experiments on the lunar surface.

The rover would study the surface of the moon through its payloads to further enhance understanding of the lunar surface.

Pragyan also has another payload--Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS) to determine the elemental composition of lunar soil and rocks around the lunar landing site.

ISRO Chairman S Somnath had earlier said, "After powered descent (of lander) on to the landing site, there will be deployment of ramp and rover coming out. After this all the experiments will take place one after the other -- all of which have to be completed in just one day on the moon, which is 14 days."

However, ISRO officials do not rule out the possibility of them coming to life for another lunar day.

Indian diaspora erupted in celebrations in New York 

Meanwhile, the Indian diaspora erupted in celebrations at Times Square in New York City.

 Members of the Indian diaspora were seen dancing to drum rolls and immersing in unbridled joy as the country became the first in the world to land on the uncharted lunar south face. 

 "Congratulations to the people of India for the great achievement of landing on the Moon. We are just thrilled today," a woman from Canada said at Times Square. 

 "It is a matter of pride not only for India but for the whole world..., " said Prem Bhandari, prominent diaspora leader and volunteer of Jaipur Foot USA, Rajasthan Association of North America (RANA) and Rescuing Every Distressed Indian Overseas.

UN congratulates India

Top United Nations leadership congratulated India on the success of its lunar mission Chandrayaan-3, describing it as a "giant step" for humanity and a "great achievement".

Associate Spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Florencia Soto Nino termed India's mission to the moon as "very exciting."

"We of course congratulate India on being the first country to land a spacecraft on the south pole of the moon. This is a great achievement, which was watched by many people around the world," Nino said at the daily press briefing here Wednesday.

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