India has become the first nation to land a spacecraft on the moon’s South Pole and the fourth country to set foot on the moon.
The South Asian nation, which launched the Chandrayaan-3 lander on August 23, made history by becoming the first nation since China in 2020 to land a spacecraft on the moon. The Moon’s south pole is particularly interesting because it hasn’t been explored before. Its surface is marred by craters, trenches, and pockets of ancient ice.
According to a report by Science Alert, countries are now more interested in sending astronauts to the Moon because it can motivate people, push the frontier of technological innovation, and help us learn more about the solar system. India has been lauded as a pioneer for the ‘New Space Age’, even compared to a rising number of players from the commercial space exploration sector, including those from SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Orbit. The landing of the Chandrayaan-3 at the south pole of the moon was broadcasted all across India and most of the citizens followed the voyage of the spacecraft to the moon.
It is reported that India’s historic landing of a robot on the southern pole area of the moon on Wednesday was accomplished with a space budget much lower than that of many other countries and a minuscule portion of NASA’s. This comes after several people raised concern over the financial ability of the country to venture into space exploration.
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Some individuals also think that moon exploration will be profitable economically for the country.