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'India is on the Moon': Lander's success moves nation to next space chapter

By Hari Kumar, Alex Travelli, Mujib Mashal and Kenneth Chang

23 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. In a historic achievement, India's Chandrayaan-3 mission successfully landed two robots on the Moon's southern polar region. This makes India the first country to reach this part of the lunar surface intact and the fourth country to land on the Moon.

BENGALURU, India — Two visitors from India — a lander named Vikram and a rover named Pragyan — landed in the southern polar region of the moon on Wednesday. The two robots, from a mission named Chandrayaan-3, make India the first country to ever reach this part of the lunar surface in one piece — and only the fourth country ever to land on the moon.

“We have achieved soft landing on the moon,” S. Somanath, the chair of the Indian Space Research Organization, said after a roar ripped through the ISRO compound just past 6 p.m. local time. “India is on the moon.”

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