26 Aug 2023

PM Modi Addresses Team ISRO On Success Of Chandrayaan-3: ‘Now Every Year, 23rd August Will Be Celebrated As National Space Day'

Bengaluru: PM Narendra Modi visited the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru after his arrival from Greece and addressed Team ISRO on the success of Chandrayaan-3. 

The Prime Minister met and interacted with ISRO scientists involved in the Chandrayaan-3 mission where he was also briefed about the findings and progress in the Chandrayaan-3 Mission.

Addressing the scientists, the Prime Minister expressed great delight in being present at the ISTRAC in Bengaluru and said that his mind was focussed on the Chandrayaan 3 Mission at all times during his foreign tour. 

Observing the inconvenience caused to the scientists at ISRO due to his impromptu plans to visit the ISTRAC, a visibly emotional PM said that he was eager to visit and salute the scientists for their diligence, dedication, courage, devotion and passion. 

The Prime Minister said that this is not a simple success. He said this achievement heralds India’s scientific power in infinite space. 

PM Modi said India is on the Moon, we have our national pride placed on the Moon.

This New India will provide solutions to the big problems of the world in the 21st century, Modi said. 

“The moment of touchdown is one of the most inspiring moments of this century,” he said.

“Today, the entire world is witnessing and accepting the strength of India's scientific spirit, our technology and our scientific temperament,” PM Modi added.

“Our 'Moon Lander' has firmly set its foot on the Moon like 'Angad,'” he said.

PM said the point where the moon lander of Chandrayaan-3 landed will now be known as Shiv Shakti.  In Shiv, there is resolution for the welfare of humanity and Shakti gives us strength to fulfil those resolutions. This Shiv Shakti Point of the moon also gives a sense of connection with Himalaya to Kanyakumari, he added. 

PM said that in the success of Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission, our women scientists, the country's Nari Shakti have played a big role, he emphasized.

PM remarked in the journey from 'third row' to 'first row', institutions like our 'ISRO' have played a huge role.

From Southern part of India to the South of the Moon, this was not an easy journey, Modi observed.

Now onwards, every year, 23rd August will be celebrated as the National Space Day, he said adding new generation should come forward to scientifically prove the astronomical formulas in the scriptures of India and to study them anew.

In this period of the 21st century, the country which  takes the lead in science and technology, will move ahead, he said. Success is a guarantee where there is strong will power”, he said. 

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