India has made history by successfully landing a craft near the Moon’s South Pole on Wednesday, receiving congratulations from Antigua and Barbuda.
The country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, E.P Chet Greene, penned a congratulatory message to the Indian High Commission in Guyana, noting that India has given the developing world much reason to celebrate.
Minister Greene declared that India’s moon landing is an important step for further lunar exploration and extended great pride to the Government and people of India and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for completing this major achievement.
India joins an elite group of countries, including the US, the former Soviet Union, and China, to achieve a soft landing on the Moon.
The Vikram lander from Chandrayaan-3 successfully touched down as planned at 18:04 local time, with celebrations breaking out across the country and Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that “India is now on the Moon.”
The successful landing is attributed to a generation of ISRO scientists. This achievement comes shortly after Russia’s Luna-25 spacecraft crashed into the Moon.