Chandrayaan-3 landing  movement

Chandrayaan-3 landing live updates: Rover to come out soon after Vikram lander makes soft-landing

Chandrayaan-3 live updates With the mission's success, India has become the first country to land a spacecraft on the lunar's uncharted territory of south pole and fourth overall to reach the Moon.

Cementing India’s status as a global power in space, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scripted history as Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft made a soft landing on the surface of the Moon Wednesday evening.

With the mission’s success, India has become the first country to land a spacecraft on the lunar’s uncharted territory of south pole and fourth overall to reach on the Moon.

The spacecraft’s Vikram lander made the soft landing at 6.04 PM (IST), ending the disappointment over the crash-landing of the Chandrayaan-2 lander four years ago.

While congratulating the team of scientists behind the mission, ISRO chief S Somnath said the health of the lander will now be assessed and that rover will come out from the lander module in the next few hours.

According to ISRO, the mission’s three objectives are to demonstrate a safe and soft landing on the lunar surface, to demonstrate a Rover roving on the Moon and to conduct in-situ scientific experiments.

What happens next? Find out here. While Indian space programme gets many compliments for getting such a big bang for its limited budget,

frugal innovation will no longer be enough for India to make a difference to global activity on the Moon, C Raja Mohan argues in this piece.

Nalini Singh, in this special piece to Express, however has an audacious request to the politicians:

please don’t appear on TV in a live broadcast to take credit for this epic achievement, or to pat the ISRO chairman’s back patronisingly. Known for storifying myths,

writer Devdutt Pattanaik retells some of the myths, stories and legends in this piece about the celestial body that are a part of our cultural truth, our Indian-ness.