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Chandrayaan-3 lands on Moon: 'Went though lot of pain and agony', says ISRO chief

He even expressed confidence that the space agency would similarly land a spacecraft on Mars in the coming years.

ISRO Chairman S. Somanath addresses after the successful soft-landing Chandrayaan-3 Lander Vikram on the surface of Moon during Chandrayaan-3 Mission, at ISRO in Bengaluru on Wednesday. (ANI Photo) (Nitin Lawate)Premium
ISRO Chairman S. Somanath addresses after the successful soft-landing Chandrayaan-3 Lander Vikram on the surface of Moon during Chandrayaan-3 Mission, at ISRO in Bengaluru on Wednesday. (ANI Photo) (Nitin Lawate)

Crediting it to the 'pain and agony' of all the scientists who persevered on it, ISRO Chairman S Somanath on Wednesday toasted the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission.

He even expressed confidence that the space agency would similarly land a spacecraft on Mars in the coming years.

Somanath acknowledged the contribution of a generation of leadership by the scientists of ISRO for the Chandrayaan-3 mission's success, saying this is an "incremental progress" and "definitely a huge one".

Even with the advancement of technology, the journey to the Moon is tough, and soft-landing is difficult for any nation to achieve today, he said, adding India achieved it in just two missions.

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India in 2019, missed the objective of soft landing on the Moon with Chandrayaan-2, while the Chandrayaan-3 mission was perfectly executed. However, Chandrayaan-1’s objective was only to place an unmanned spacecraft in an orbit around the Moon.

"It (success of Chandrayaan-3 mission) gives the confidence to configure missions to not only go to the Moon but also to go to Mars, sometimes (perhaps) land on Mars, maybe in future go to Venus and other planets...", he said.

Undertaking the Chandrayaan-3 mission was difficult, he said. "We went through a lot of pain and agony," he said, adding, key scientists behind Chandrayaan-2 were also part of the Chandrayaan-3 team.

"Most of the people who were with Chandrayaan-2 are with us helping us to do Chandrayaan-3. They are a part of this, they have gone through such agony...the technology that we have in Chandrayaan-3 is no less complex or inferior to any other technology that goes to the Moon. So, we have the best of the sensors of the world, best in class (equipment) in Chandrayaan-3," he said.

Speaking about the support from the government to pursue further space missions, both scientific as well as commercial, he said, “Thanks to him (PM) for the support he is giving to us for missions like Chandrayaan-3 and missions that are in the offing. That's the great word of comfort that we are receiving for pursuing the inspirational work that we are doing for the nation."

Addressing the ISRO team at the Mission Operations Complex, he thanked all those who prayed for the mission's success, and in particular named ISRO veterans like former ISRO chief A S Kiran Kumar.

"They have been helping so much, they were part of the team to help them (team) to get the confidence and get the reviews done, and to ensure that nothing goes with any mistakes," he said.

Somanath said, "This is the journey we started with Chandrayaan-1, continued in Chandrayaan-2, and Chandrayaan-2 craft is still working and doing a lot of communication work with us. All the team that contributed to building Chandrayaan-1 and 2 should be remembered and thanked, while we celebrate (the success of) Chandrayaan-3. This is an incremental progress and a huge one."

India on 23 August became the fourth country to accomplish the feat to have touched down on the lunar surface, while the first to reach the uncharted south pole of Earth's only natural satellite.

As per details, Chandrayaan-3's Lander Module (LM) comprising the lander (Vikram) and the 26 kg rover (Pragyan) made the soft landing near the south polar region of the Moon at 6.04 pm (IST).

With agency inputs.

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Published: 23 Aug 2023, 09:50 PM IST
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