India becomes the 4th country to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon
India has successfully achieved a significant milestone in its space and technology advancement by landing a spacecraft in the vicinity of the moon's southern pole – a previously unexplored region believed to contain valuable reserves of frozen water and precious materials.
The lunar lander, carrying an enclosed rover, gently touched down on the moon's surface, prompting enthusiastic cheers and applause from the assembled space scientists in Bengaluru, located in southern India.
Following an unsuccessful attempt almost four years ago, India has made history by becoming the first nation to achieve a landing near the moon's south pole. This accomplishment places India in the company of the United States, the Soviet Union, and China as one of the few countries to successfully achieve a moon landing.
Across India, a country with the world's largest population, a mixture of excitement and anticipation gripped people as they gathered around televisions in various settings – offices, shops, restaurants, and homes. Thousands participated in prayers on Tuesday, invoking success for the mission by lighting oil lamps along river banks, in temples, and at religious sites, including the revered city of Varanasi in the northern part of the country.