Prime Minister Modi Renames Vikram Lander’s Touchdown Spot Shiv Shakti Point on moon
August 23 Declared National Space Day in India After Chandrayaan-3’s Triumph
New Delhi, August 26 (City Times): (Shiv Shakti Point on Moon) The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has shared a video capturing the Pragyan rover as it explores the ‘ShivShakti’ point, the touchdown site of the Vikram lander, on the lunar surface.
Lunar Exploration Unveiled
ISRO took to the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, to announce, “Pragyan rover roams around Shiv Shakti Point in pursuit of lunar secrets at the South Pole!”
A Historic Renaming
This development follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent declaration that the landing site of the Vikram lander on the moon shall henceforth be known as the ‘ShivShakti’ point. Additionally, he designated August 23, the day of Chandrayaan-3’s successful mission, as National Space Day.
Emotional Address by PM Modi
In a visibly emotional address to scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation’s command center in Bengaluru, Prime Minister Modi lauded their dedication and commitment to the Chandrayaan-3 mission. He noted that on August 23rd, India achieved a historic milestone by planting its flag on the moon.
“Today, I am feeling a unique happiness among all of you,” a jubilant PM Modi expressed, “Such happiness… these are very rare moments when the entire being is immersed in joy.”
Honoring Make In India
PM Modi acknowledged that the scientists had brought the Make In India initiative to the moon, emphasizing the boost to indigenous production achieved through Chandrayaan-3’s success.
A Visit from Afar
Despite being on a two-nation tour of South Africa and Greece, PM Modi’s thoughts were firmly with the ISRO scientists. He expressed his desire to salute them as soon as possible, explaining, “I could not restrain myself because I was not in the country, but I made the decision to visit Bengaluru.
Reliving the Tense Moments
PM Modi recounted the final 15 challenging minutes of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, stating, “I can see every second of that August 23rd day before my eyes.”
Saluting Dedication and Patience
“I salute your dedication. I salute your patience. I salute your hard work. I salute your inspiration,” an emotional PM Modi declared.
Warm Welcome in Bengaluru
The prime minister received a warm welcome upon arriving at the ISRO headquarters, where he met with the team of scientists involved in Chandrayaan-3. He also shared a hug with ISRO chief Somanath.
A Proud Moment for India
India made history by becoming the first country to successfully place a lander on the unexplored lunar South Pole on Wednesday evening. This monumental achievement has solidified India’s position in the annals of space exploration.