India’s third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, was a success, with the lander Vikram touching down on the lunar surface on Saturday, August 23, 2023. The landing spot has been named ‘Shiv Shakti Point‘ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday that the touchdown point of Chandrayaan 3 will be named ‘Shiv Shakti‘ point. During his address to the ISRO staff engaged in the country’s third lunar mission in Bengaluru, Karnataka, the Prime Minister also revealed that the location where Chandrayaan 2 left its mark will be known as ‘Tiranga’ point.
In addition to the naming of the landing spot, Prime Minister Modi also announced that August 23 will be celebrated as Space Day in India. This is the day that Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram attempted to land on the moon in 2019. Although the landing was not successful, the mission was still a major achievement for India’s space program.
The name ‘Shiv Shakti’ is a reference to the Hindu god Shiva, who is associated with power and energy. It is also a tribute to the Indian space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which has achieved this major feat.
The landing of Vikram on the moon is a significant milestone for India’s space program. It is the first time that India has successfully soft-landed a spacecraft on the moon. The mission will help scientists to study the lunar surface and to learn more about the moon’s history and composition.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission also includes a rover, Pragyan, which is scheduled to be deployed on the lunar surface in the coming days. The rover will explore the lunar surface and collect data on the soil and rocks.
The success of Chandrayaan-3 is a major boost for India’s space program. It shows that India is capable of carrying out complex space missions and that it is a major player in the global space race.
The naming of the landing spot as ‘Shiv Shakti Point’ is a fitting tribute to the Indian space program and to the Hindu god Shiva. It is a reminder of the power and energy that are needed to achieve great things.
The naming of the landing spot and the declaration of Space Day are a sign of the importance that India attaches to its space program. The country is committed to continuing its space exploration efforts and to making significant contributions to the field of space science.