India has become the first country to reach the Moon’s South Pole after its ‘Vikram’ lander touched down successfully on the lunar surface this week (23rd August 2023). India is also only the fourth country to do a soft landing on the moon.
‘Vikram’ is part of the Chandrayaan 3 mission and also carried the rover ‘Pragyan’. ISRO posted ‘India took a walk on the moon’ as its Rover successfully ramped down from the Lander.
Eminent Astrophysicist and Cosmologist at ANU’s College of Science, Dr Brad Tucker, told The Australia Today that there is no margin of error while landing on the moon and India’s achievements are laudable.
He spoke about Australia India collaborating on joint space projects, Australia’s connection to Chandrayaan 3 mission and mentioned that India does not get enough credit for its space sector achievements.
Watch Video: Dr Brad Tucker from ANU speaking with Pallavi Jain on Chandrayaan 3’s historic success
ISRO also released a video of the moon’s image just prior to touchdown.