Prime Minister Narendra Modi met and interacted with Chandrayaan-3 team and other ISRO scientists after Vikram Lander successfully landed on the uncharted South Pole of the Moon.
By doing this, India became the first country to soft land on the South Pole of the Moon.
An almost tearful PM Modi addressed ISRO scientists and was briefed about the updates on Vikram Lander and Pragyan Rover, that landed softly on the lunar surface.
He said, “I was in South Africa but my mind was with the scientists.”
In a choked voice, PM Modi further said, “I first wanted to meet the scientists first ….”
Earlier, the Chandrayaan-3 team demonstrated the soft-landing of Vikram and rolling out of Pragyan (rover) from its belly.
ISRO Chairman S Somnath updated the Chandrayaan-3 mission to PM Modi.
After landing in Bengaluru from South Africa where he attended the 15th BRICS meeting, addressed people chanting “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan.”
He said the picture which he saw at Bengaluru, is the same picture he saw in Greece and Johannesburg as well.
He added, “It’s really surprising that you all are here and even kids are also here too early in the morning.”
Local performers were seen dancing and playing dhol on the streets in front of HAL airport.
People were seen excitedly waving the national flag and posters made for the PM’s arrival and to celebrate the over-the-moon success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission.
After the US, China and Russia, India achieved a significant milestone by becoming the fourth country to achieve a successful Moon landing.
The mission was launched on July 14 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre situated in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.