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In a recent address to students at Sat Paul Mittal School, Dr. S. Somanath, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), shared insights into India’s lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan 3. Dr. Somanath emphasized that India’s endeavor to reach the moon wasn’t merely about showcasing technological prowess to the world but was driven by a profound curiosity to study the celestial rocks of our closest celestial neighbor.

India’s journey to the moon represents the culmination of years of dedication and innovation within the country’s space program. Dr. Somanath highlighted the exceptional capabilities of Indian scientists and engineers in developing satellites and rockets, underscoring the nation’s self-reliance in space technology.

While acknowledging that other nations have also aspired to reach the moon, Dr. Somanath celebrated India’s achievement of a soft landing as a remarkable feat. The success of Chandrayaan 3 reflects not only the technical prowess of ISRO but also the collaborative efforts of countless individuals and institutions dedicated to advancing space exploration in India.

Beyond the immediate goal of landing on the lunar surface, India’s lunar exploration mission is driven by a thirst for knowledge about the cosmos. Dr. Somanath emphasized the importance of astronomy in unraveling the mysteries of the universe, noting that while the future may be uncertain, the study of celestial phenomena allows us to delve deep into the past, spanning hundreds of millions of years.