Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with scientists at ISRO’s Bengaluru facility on Saturday and congratulated the team for the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission. ISRO Chairman S. Somanath personally welcomed PM Modi, who patted their backs and embraced them for the successful and challenging lunar landing mission. During the discussions with ISRO scientists, the Prime Minister became emotional and praised their dedication and efforts towards the Chandrayaan-3 mission.
The PM Modi announced that the point on the Moon where the Chandrayaan-3 lander touched down would be called ‘Shiv Shakti’, and this achievement would be celebrated as the ‘National Space Day’ on August 23rd.
“I am feeling a different level of joy today; such moments are rare. This time, I was very restless. I was in South Africa, but my heart was with you. I wanted to meet you as soon as possible, and I salute you,” PM Modi addressed the ISRO scientists, saying, “I salute your efforts. You have taken ‘Make in India’ to the Moon.”
“The height to which you have taken the nation is not an ordinary height; it’s not an ordinary success. India is on the Moon. Our national pride is on the Moon. We have gone where no one has gone before. We have achieved what no one else has,” he continued.
The Prime Minister further announced that the point on the Moon where Chandrayaan-2 left its mark in 2019 would be named the ‘Tricolour’. PM Modi recalled the meticulously planned landing of the Chandrayaan-2 mission’s ‘Vikram’ lander, which was scheduled for a touchdown in Bengaluru on the night of September 6, 2019. However, just minutes before the scheduled landing, contact with ISRO was lost at a mere altitude of 2.1 kilometers above the lunar surface.
“Today, from business to technology, India is standing in the top league among nations. Institutions like ‘ISRO’ have played a significant role in the journey from the ‘third line’ to the ‘first line’,” PM Modi stated.
On August 23rd, India made history as the first country to land near the southern pole of the Moon with its Chandrayaan-3 lander. This achievement came after China’s landing on the Moon in 2020, making India the second country to achieve such a feat.