The Indian Tricolour landed on the Moon at 8.31 pm on Friday opening a new chapter in the history of India’s space exploration.
Other nations that have reached the Moon are the US, former Soviet Union, Japan and the European Space Agency consisting of 17 nations. India becomes the fifth member of this club.
The tricolour was painted on all sides of the 29 kg Moon Impact Probe (MIP) which was attached to the top portion of the main lunar orbiter, Chandrayaan-I. The MIP is the brainchild of former President A P J Abdul Kalam who witnessed its separation from the main orbiting craft and its landing 32 km from the Shackleton crater on the moon’s south pole.
Kalam was present in the mission control room at ISRO’s telemetry, tracking and command network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore.