“Glad To Be Your Companion”: NASA Chief’s Reward For India’s Chandrayaan-3 Touchdown

“Congratulations ISRO in your profitable Chandrayaan-3 lunar South Pole touchdown!,” he mentioned. (File)


American politicians, newspapers and area analysis establishments hailed India Wednesday on the profitable moon touchdown of Chandrayaan-3 because the nation entered the elite membership of three different nations — United States, Russia and China — which have a rover on the lunar floor.

Within the course of, India grew to become the primary nation among the many elite group to have its rover on the moon’s south pole area, which the Indian Area Analysis Organisation believes might have traces of water.

“Congratulations to India for the historic touchdown of Chandrayaan-3 on the southern polar area of the moon,” US Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned on X, referred to as Twitter until lately.

“It’s an unimaginable feat for all of the scientists and engineers concerned. We’re proud to associate with you on this mission and area exploration extra broadly,” mentioned Harris, whose mom was from India. The vp heads the Nationwide Area Council.

Area cooperation was one of many main subjects of debate throughout Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s State go to to the US this summer season. India signed the Artemis accord, and in addition the 2 international locations determined to work collectively on a world area station.

“Congratulations ISRO in your profitable Chandrayaan-3 lunar South Pole touchdown! And congratulations to India on being the 4th nation to efficiently soft-land a spacecraft on the Moon. We’re glad to be your associate on this mission!” mentioned NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson.

Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the unchartered lunar south pole at 6.04 pm on Wednesday. No nation has ever landed on the treacherous south pole that scientists imagine might maintain necessary reserves of frozen water and valuable parts. Russia’s south pole-bound Luna-25 spacecraft crashed into the Moon on Sunday after spinning uncontrolled.

“Congratulations to ISRO and the folks of India for the Chandrayaan-3’s historic touchdown on the South Pole of the Moon. We sit up for deepening our partnership with India on area exploration within the years forward,” US Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan mentioned.

Senator John Cornyn, Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus, mentioned Chandrayaan-3 touchdown on the moon was a ‘victory cry of a brand new India’.

Congressman Wealthy McCormick mentioned it was an “wonderful achievement for our associates in India”.

Congressman Don Beyer congratulated the ISRO and all who labored to make the “exceptional and historic” achievement attainable.

Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi mentioned the profitable touchdown of the Vikram lander on the moon’s floor is a historic accomplishment for India, and a serious step in lunar discovery for the world.

Congressman Michael McCaul, the Chairman of the Home Overseas Affairs Committee, mentioned he was wanting ahead to see what India and the US can accomplish within the outer area collectively. “I need to congratulate India for being the fourth nation to land on the moon. This historic success provides a brand new dimension to our partnership.” Congratulations to India for its profitable touchdown of Chandrayaan3 on the moon, mentioned Congressman Brad Sherman. “India is the primary nation to ever land a craft on this a part of the lunar floor.” The Science wing of the US Division of State congratulated their “Artemis Accords associate ISRO”. “Your success will energy the creativeness and lightweight the way forward for folks world wide,” it mentioned.

Mainstream American newspapers, lots of which had been sceptical of India’s area mission and generally even made enjoyable of it by means of cartoons, famous the nice Indian achievement.

“The Chandrayaan-3 mission makes India the primary nation to succeed in the lunar south polar area in a single piece and provides to the achievements of the nation’s homegrown area program,” The New York Occasions reported.

The Washington Put up wrote a few tales overlaying numerous views and an opinion piece to have a good time this historic event.

“It’s a marvelous achievement for India’s area program — and symbolic of an necessary second in geopolitics. For the profitable touchdown got here simply days after a Russian mission to the identical area went haywire and smashed into the lunar floor like a hammer coming down on the final nail within the coffin of Russia’s decline,” wrote David Von Drehle, Deputy Opinion Editor of the each day.

“‘India Is on the Moon’: Chandrayaan-3 Spacecraft Lands on Lunar South Pole,” wrote The Wall Road Journal.

Congratulatory message got here from a number of eminent folks as effectively. Indian American CEOs Satya Nadell from Microsoft and Sunder Pichai of Google led the US company sector in lauding the success of India’s mission.

“My congratulations to ISRO on the moon touchdown of the Chandrayaan-3. What an thrilling second for India – and the way forward for area exploration,” Nadella wrote.

Pichai described an an unimaginable second! “Congratulations to ISRO for the profitable touchdown of #Chandrayaan3 on the moon this morning. At the moment India grew to become the primary nation to efficiently obtain a comfortable touchdown on the southern polar area of the moon,” he mentioned.

“Wow! Chandrayaan-3’s moon touchdown is a good achievement for India and all humanity! Congratulations to the ISRO crew and all of India,” mentioned Gita Gopinath, First Deputy Managing Director of the IMF.

“India, you’ve made historical past as we speak,” mentioned African American singer Mary Millben in a video message posted on numerous social media platforms.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who has greater than 14 million followers on X, mentioned, “Congratulations to India for touchdown Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon — becoming a member of Russia, USA, & China as the one international locations to have achieved this feat. Extra importantly, it is the primary mission of any nation to reach close to the Lunar South Pole – a attainable location for future Moon bases.” Dr. Michael Salla, writer of the Secret Area Applications E book collection, mentioned India is quick turning into a serious area energy. “Its PM, N. Modi, believes historical Vedic India additionally flew to the Moon on Vimanas,” he mentioned.

Sending her “warmest congratulations” to everybody at ISRO for turning into the very first crew to land on the lunar south pole, US Power Secretary Jennifer Granholm mentioned the worldwide scientific group is a powerful and united one, and collectively “we advance alternative for all humankind”. PTI LKJ TIR TIR

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