India Cricket Team Celebrates Chandrayaan-3 Landing
Similar to the entire nation, the Indian cricket team was captivated by the television at The Village cricket ground in Dublin. They witnessed the successful touchdown of Chandrayaan 3 on the Moon on Wednesday, August 23. Ahead of the 3rd and final T20I match against Ireland, Jasprit Bumrah, his fellow players, and the support staff of the Indian cricket team celebrated the successful lunar landing.
Rohit Sharma, India's captain across all formats, along with Ishan Kishan, participated in the joyful festivities from India. The cricket community was filled with joy following the momentous lunar landing on Wednesday.
In a video posted by the Indian cricket board, the Indian players can be observed giving a round of applause to the achievements of the Indian Space Research Organisation. This came as Chandrayaan 3 accomplished a successful gentle landing on the lunar south pole.
BCCI shared an image on their social media platform showcasing the team's content expressions as they observed the smooth landing of Chandrayaan 3. Notable players including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and KL Rahul extended their congratulations to ISRO for accomplishing this progressive mission.
The important event's live broadcast began at 5.20pm. The lander went through four phases before touching down on the Moon. During each phase, Vikram moved closer to the Moon and then descended vertically in the last phases. The ISRO officials in the mission control room celebrated each successful phase.
When the lander finally landed on the Moon, all the officials were very happy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently in South Africa, connected through a video link and praised the whole ISRO team.
India accomplished a groundbreaking feat by becoming the first nation worldwide to achieve a lunar landing in the enigmatic south polar region of the Moon. This remarkable achievement thrusts the country to the forefront of lunar exploration.
India has now secured its position as the fourth country globally to accomplish a successful rover landing on the Moon, joining the ranks of the United States, Russia, and China. This achievement firmly establishes India's presence in the history of lunar exploration.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah emphasized the significance of this achievement, stating that the historical moment will have a lasting impact and be remembered for generations to come.
Significantly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the momentous lunar landing, commending the dedicated efforts of the scientists involved.
"No country has reached there (the South Pole of the moon) before. With the hard work of our scientists we have reached there," the prime minister said.
"Kabhi kaha jata tha chanda mama bahut door ke hain, ab ek din wo bhi ayega jab bacche kaha karenge chanda mama bass ek tour ke hain (Earlier children used to say Moon is far, but now they will the Moon is just a tour)," PM Modi said.
With the successful landing of the spacecraft, scientists and officials expressed their excitement through applause, cheers, and embraces. The Indian government is now focused on fostering investment in private space launches and satellite-based enterprises. "India is on the moon," exclaimed S. Somanath, the head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), as the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft softly touched down on the lunar south pole.
This marked India's second endeavor to land a spacecraft on the moon, occurring shortly after Russia's Luna-25 mission faced failure less than a week prior.