Sri Somnath was seen performing worship and rituals at the temple, as the country celebrated the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission.
A few days following the success of Chandrayaan-3, the ISRO chief embarked on a temple journey. He stated that India now possesses the capability to journey to the Moon, Mars, and Venus.
Four days after the historic soft landing of Chandrayaan-3‘s lunar spacecraft on the southern pole of the Moon, ISRO’s chief, Mr. S. Somnath, was spotted at the Purnamikavu-Bhadra Kali temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
While witnessing Sri Somnath’s worship and rituals at the temple, it was in celebration of the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission by the nation.
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On Wednesday, history was written as the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the surface of the Moon, making India the fourth country to achieve this feat and the first to land on the unknown southern pole of Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor.
Addressing ISRO scientists in Bengaluru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the spot on the Moon where Chandrayaan-3’s lander touched down will be named “Shiv Shakti Point”.
Speaking about the mission’s success, Sri Somnath conveyed that India now possesses the capability to journey to the Moon, Mars, and Venus. He further stated that ISRO is ready to fulfill the vision set by Prime Minister Modi.
“We have the capability to journey to the Moon, Mars, and Venus, but we need to boost our self-confidence. We need more investments and the development of the space sector for the progress of the entire nation. This is our mission,” he remarked, as reported by the news agency ANI from Thiruvananthapuram, adding that “PM Modi has given us a vision, and we are ready to fulfill it.”
The ISRO chief also mentioned that India’s first solar mission, Aditya-L1, is fully prepared for launch in the first week of September from Sriharikota.
“Aditya-L1 satellite is ready. It has reached Sriharikota and is integrated with the PSLV. The next goal for ISRO and the country is its launch. The launch will happen in the first week of September. The announcement of the exact date will be made within two days,” he stated.
“After the launch, it will go to an elliptical orbit and from there, it will travel to the L1 point, which will take around 120 days.”
Aditya-L1 is India’s first dedicated space-based solar observatory, designed to study the Sun.