Yesterday (23rd) can be mentioned as a very important day in the history of space exploration in India.
The reason for this is that India became the fourth country to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon by successfully completing its mission Chandrayaan-3.
It is also special that India managed to land a plane at the South Pole, an unexplored region of the Moon.
'Vikram' which was taken for testing Chandrayaan-3 is working with solar technology and is scheduled to perform its tasks in 14 days from yesterday.
Chandrayaan-1, launched in 2008, can be called India's first attempt to send a spacecraft beyond the Earth.
Accordingly, this aircraft was the first to detect water on the lunar surface.
It was a discovery that strongly influenced American and Chinese space plans.
But before India reached this situation, it must be remembered how it started.
ISRO or Indian Space Research Organization was established in 1969.
It had been providing Earth observation data through remote sensing programs since 1988.
Accordingly, ISRO has now launched 124 of its own spacecraft.
Of these, 3 were sent to the Moon and 1 to Mars.
Apart from this, ISRO has also facilitated the launch of 424 satellites in other countries.
What's special here is that from transporting rocket parts on bicycles and bullock carts to the Chandrayaan-3 mission, ISRO's growth story is like a movie script.
(Vimarshana Samarakoon @ COLOMBO TIMES)