MS Dhoni, Tendulkar, Kohli and other leading cricketers hail mission’s success
India on Wednesday became the first country to land on the Moon’s south pole, and only the fourth nation to land on the Earth’s only natural satellite.
India celebrated a historic day on Wednesday, 23 August, by becoming only the fourth nation in history to successfully land on the Moon.
What was even more commendable on the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) part was the fact that the Chandrayaan-3 mission that achieved soft landing of the Vikram Lander module on the south pole of the Earth’s only natural satellite. The Moon’s south pole had not been explored in previous successful missions by the United States, the erstwhile USSR (present-day Russia) and China, and India certainly have the bragging rights in the ‘Space Race’.
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Celebrations erupted not just at Chandrayaan-3’s mission control centre at the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru upon successful landing but across the nation as well as in other parts of the world wherever Indians have set foot. That includes Dublin, Ireland where the Jasprit Bumrah-led Indian cricket team watched the proceedings with bated breath on a television at the Malahide Cricket Club Ground ahead of the third and final T20I against Ireland.
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Chandrayaan-3 also dominated trends on social media, including on microblogging platform X (formerly Twitter) where several leading cricketers, both current as well as former, applauded the achievement.
We take a look at some of the reactions below:
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@ISRO represents the best of India. Humble, hardworking women & men, coming together, overcoming challenges, and making our tricolour fly high.
India must celebrate and congratulate the Chandrayaan-2 team, which was led by Shri K… pic.twitter.com/WpQn14F1Mh
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 23, 2023
– The to reach the lunar south pole.
That’s got a nice ring to it
A proud moment for each one of us & a big congratulations to @isro for all their efforts.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 23, 2023
A moment of immense pride for every Indian, as we achieve the historic feat of successfully landing on the Moon’s South Pole for the first time. Congratulations to @isro and all those who dedicated themselves to this remarkable mission. This is a memory to treasure. Jai Hind! … pic.twitter.com/m611sqkb9W
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 23, 2023
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