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India becomes fourth country to land on the moon

Words by Tess Becker

Just this past week, India became just the fourth nation ever to land on the moon, a monumental step for the country, joining the US, China, and the former USSR. The uncrewed Chandrayaan-3 mission has also become the first to land close to the moon’s south pole.

Chandrayaan is Hindi for “moon craft” which suits its success, which is India’s second attempt to land on the moon after Chandrayaan-2 was lost to space. 

The region where the craft landed had areas permanently in sunlight as well as permanently in darkness, which is why researchers have wanted to study the region. 

“On this joyous occasion…I would like to address all the people of the world,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. “India’s successful moon mission is not just India’s alone. This is a year in which the world is witnessing India’s G20 presidency. Our approach of one Earth, one family, one future is resonating across the globe.”

He hopes that this will push spacial travel worldwide. 

“This human-centric approach that we present and we represent has been welcome universally. Our moon mission is also based on the same human-centric approach. Therefore, this success belongs to all of humanity, and it will help moon missions by other countries in the future.”

Charity check-in

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The Women Invested to Save Earth Fund. This organization helps support underrepresented and underfunded Black, indigenous, and women of color-led organizations across the world. Find out more and support them here

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