On Friday, July 14, the Chandrayaan 3 moon mission was successfully launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from Sriharikota. The largest and heaviest rocket in its class, code-named Fat Boy, launched off from the second launch pad at a predetermined time at 2.35 p.m., sending up huge clouds of smoke in the process. Upon the successful launch, several eminent personalities flooded Twitter with congratulatory tweets which including master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
“ISRO’s payloads carry the dreams, pride and belief of 1.4 billion Indians. Chandrayaan-3 launch swells all our hearts with pride. Congratulations to all our scientists for their untiring efforts. Memorable day for all Indians. Jai Hind!”, wrote Sachin Tendulkar on Twitter.
However, Sachin Tendulkar was not the only one in the Cricket community to send in their best wishes. Indian Cricket Board secretary Jay Shah wrote, “Success! #Chandrayaan3 has soared into the sky, carrying our dreams and aspirations to new heights! Congratulations to @isro and the dedicated team behind this remarkable achievement. We eagerly await the discoveries and insights that await us on the lunar surface! #ISRO”
Chandrayaan 3 is the successor mission to Chandrayaan 2
At the same time, Shikhar Dhawan wrote, “July 14, 2023, will be remembered for India’s advancement in space exploration! #Chandrayaan3 sets off for India’s third lunar mission. A testament to our nation’s unwavering commitment to scientific advancement. Kudos to the brilliant minds behind this incredible feat. #Chandrayaan3 #ISRO.”
“Another very proud moment for our country as India takes a giant leap in lunar exploration with the successful launch of Chandrayaan-3! Congratulations to @isro and the brilliant minds behind this remarkable achievement. Jai Hind!”, wrote Suresh Raina.
Chandrayaan 3 is the successor mission to Chandrayaan 2, which disappointed scientists in 2019 by failing to make the desired soft landing on the moon’s surface. The propulsion module will separate from the rocket around 16 minutes after takeoff and begin an elliptical orbit around the Earth, passing 170 kilometres from the planet’s surface and 36,500 kilometres away, travelling in the direction of the lunar orbit.