Chandrayaan-3: Nasa chief congratulates India, Isro on successful moon landing

India has become the fourth country to master the technology of soft-landing on the lunar surface after the US, China and the erstwhile Soviet Union

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Photo: Reuters File
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Published: Wed 23 Aug 2023, 7:03 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 Aug 2023, 7:14 PM

Nasa Administrator Bill Nelson on Wednesday congratulated India on being the 4th country to successfully soft-land a spacecraft on the Moon and said the US space agency was glad to be India's "partner" on this mission.

India's Chandrayaan-3 became the first space mission to land near the south pole of the Moon. The attempt comes days after Russia's unmanned Luna-25 spacecraft spun out of control and crashed into the Moon.


"Congratulations @isro on your successful Chandrayaan-3 lunar South Pole landing! And congratulations to #India on being the 4th country to successfully soft-land a spacecraft on the Moon. We’re glad to be your partner on this mission!" Nelson posted on X.

India's third Moon mission Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the lunar south pole at 6.04 pm (4.34pm UAE time) after a flawless 41-day voyage.


With this touchdown on the Moon in its second attempt in four years, India has become the fourth country to master the technology of soft-landing on the lunar surface after the US, China and the erstwhile Soviet Union.

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