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Elon Musk congratulates ISRO for Chandrayaan-3 success

Elon Musk heartily congratulated India and ISRO for the grand success of its Chandrayaan-3 moon mission. India has become the first country to make a soft-landing on the South Pole of the moon.

India made history on yesterday (August 23) by landing on the South Pole of the moon. It is only the fourth country ever to make a soft landing on the lunar surface, and the first to do it near the moon’s South Pole. With this, India has entered an elite club which had three members till now — United States, Russia and China. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been flooded by congratulatory tweets that have been pouring in from all over the world.

World leaders and embassies of several countries have already congratulated ISRO on the successful Chandrayaan-3 moon landing, as have several high-profile founders, entrepreneurs and CEOs. On Wednesday, SpaceX founder and the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, also congratulated India on its success.

“Congratulations India,” Elon Musk wrote on X, his social media platform that was formerly known as Twitter. The X owner was reacting to a post from ISRO showing images of the lunar surface taken during Chandrayaan-3 lander module’s descent. Musk had also responded to tweet comparing budget of Chandrayan-3 with that of the movie Interstellar.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai congratulated India through a tweet. He tweeted, “What an incredible moment! Congratulations to @isro for the successful landing of #Chandrayaan3 on the moon this morning. Today India became the first country to successfully achieve a soft landing on the southern polar region of the moon.” Musk replied to this tweet saying, “Super cool.”

Bill Nelson, the 14th Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), also congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on being able to make a soft landing on the moon with its lunar satellite, Chandrayaan-3. Congratulations @isro on your successful Chandrayaan-3 lunar South Pole landing! And congratulations to #India on being the 4th country to successfully soft-land a spacecraft on the Moon. We’re glad to be your partner on the mission!” he posted.

Josef Aschbacher, the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), conveyed his heartiest congratulations to India and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for their achievement in becoming the inaugural country to achieve a successful landing on the southern pole of the moon.

PM Modi had taken the lead in applauding the feat though. His defence minister posted on X, “With the soft landing of lander Vikram on the Moon’s South Pole, India has added a golden chapter in the history of space exploration.”

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