Chandrayaan-3: India on top of the Moon

Chandrayaan-3: India on top of the Moon
BU students gather to watch the historic event. Photo by: Vanisha Rajesh Singh
By Vanisha Rajesh Singh

India is on the moon, or should we say, over the moon after the Vikram Lander crouched safely on the South Pole surface of the moon.

India is the first country in the world to have achieved this feat as the southern part of the moon is known to be treacherous due to extremely big craters and hostile landing conditions.

ISRO telecast the event live on several platforms and Prime Minister Narendra Modi waited with baited breath in South Africa’s Capital Johannesburg to applaud the historic moment.

The landing took place with pinpoint precision touching the surface exactly at the anointed hour of 6.04 pm, August 23, 2024. The decent took half hour with the velocity being brought down to zero in a calculated manner so that the previous disaster was not repeated.

The epochal event came in the special month of celestial happenings that happen once in many centuries.

The conclusion of years of hard work and dedication, the Chandrayaan-3 mission has catapulted India into an exclusive league of space-faring nations. With the Lander accomplishing its soft landing on the Moon's previously uncharted south pole, India becomes the first and only country to have achieved such a feat. This area is renowned for it's enormous craters and hostile landing conditions- making India's success even more impressive. The significance of this achievement cannot be overstated, as it establishes India's mastery in space exploration and underscores the country's commitment to advancing scientific boundaries.

The successful landing is especially notable considering the setbacks faced during the Chandrayaan-2 mission. The previous endeavour encountered anomalies in the braking system of the lander 'Vikram,' which ultimately resulted in a crash landing on September 7, 2019. However, the hundreds of brilliant minds at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) persisted, meticulously analysing the shortcomings and working tirelessly to rectify them.

Key to the success of Chandrayaan-3 has been the exceptional coordination and dedication of ISRO scientists across multiple centres. Led by the capable hands of P Veeramuthuvel, the son of a former Railways employee, the mission has been a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation. Veeramuthuvel's leadership and commitment have played a pivotal role in scoring the mission's complex components to ensure its success.

As the nation held its collective breath during the soft landing, the moment was shared with students and space enthusiasts alike. The Student Council and Astronomy BU at Bennett University organized a live telecast of the event, allowing students to witness the historic landing firsthand. Piyush Kumar Jain, a member of the student council, expressed his delight, stating, " We're thrilled to have arranged this event, and witnessing the live broadcast alongside so many enthusiastic students was a truly incredible experience.”


The atmosphere at the event was nothing short of electric, with the crowd erupting in chants of "Vande Mataram" and "Jai Hind." Among the attendees was Raga Sri Nithya, a 4th year law student, who beamed with pride, saying, "This moment fills us with immense pride as Indians and shows the world what our country can achieve with willpower and skill."

As the nation celebrates this groundbreaking achievement, there is no rest for ISRO. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a momentous announcement, revealed plans for another ambitious mission. Dubbed Aditya-L1, the upcoming mission is set to study the sun, delving into its mysteries and contributing to our understanding of the solar system and beyond. As the world watches in admiration, the pursuit of discovery remains ongoing, while Aditya-L1 stands prepared to elevate our nation's scientific enthusiasm toward new horizons.

(The writer is a Semester III student of BA (Journalism and Mass Communication)

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