Wednesday, August 23, 2023

India Lands On Moon, Expect Extra-High Kicks At Tomorrow's Wagah Border Crossing Ceremony

News of the landing came too late for today's ceremony.

From The Hindu, August 23, 2023 06:11 pm | Updated 06:32 pm IST - Bengaluru: :

 ‘India is on the Moon’: Chandrayaan-3’s lander module successfully lands on Moon  
We have achieved soft landing on the moon, India is on the moon, the ISRO Chairman said.

India has become the fourth country to successfully land on the Moon as the Chandrayaan-3’s lander module with the Rover in its belly successfully made a soft landing on the lunar surface on August 23.

Precisely at 6.03 p.m. the lander touched the lunar surface and there was euphoric celebrations at the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking, and Command Network (ISTRAC), Bengaluru as India joined an elite list of countries like the US, Russia and China to achieve this feat. By achieving this feat India has also become the first nation to touch down on the polar region of the Moon....



 We have witnessed new flight of new India: PM Modi on successful landing of Chandrayaan-3
‘We are witness to the new flight of new India. New history has been written’ 

And Wagah? Here's Michael Palin some years ago:

And less militaristically:

A girl stands with the Indian national flag as she watches a live telecast of the landing of
Chandrayaan-3, or “moon craft” in Sanskrit, in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. 
India has landed a spacecraft near the moon’s south pole, an unchartered territory that 
scientists believe could hold vital reserves of frozen water and precious elements, as the 
country cements its growing prowess in space and technology. Credit: AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade

Here's with more of the science/engineering details:

India on the moon! Chandrayaan-3 becomes 1st probe to land near lunar south pole