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Cabinet Resolution on celebrating the historic success of the Chandrayaan-3 Mission.

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Press Release: Cabinet Resolution on celebrating the historic success of the Chandrayaan-3 Mission.

On 23 August, India became one of only four countries in the world to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon, and the first country to do so on its South Pole. This was the third Moon mission for the Indian Space Research Organization, and its spacecraft, named Vikram Lander, touched down at 18:04 (Indian time).

Celebrating the historic success of Chandrayaan-3, on 29 August 2023, the Union Cabinet passed a Resolution in which they appreciated the monumental achievement of our scientists, and announced that 23rd August would be celebrated as the “National Space Day”.

The Cabinet congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its scientists for its efforts. The resolution also added that the wealth of information being sent by ‘Pragyan’ (Wisdom) rover from the Moon will advance knowledge and pave the way for ground-breaking discoveries and insights into the mysteries of the moon and beyond.

The Resolution acknowledged the contribution of a large number of women scientists to the success of Chandrayaan-3 and India’s space programme in general. This, it said, will motivate several aspiring women scientists in the years to come.

The Cabinet also congratulated Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his visionary and exemplary leadership, and his unwavering commitment to India’s space programme for human welfare and scientific progress. In the last 9 years, a series of reforms have been ushered which have made research and innovation easier.

The Cabinet resolution stated that the knowledge that will come from the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission would be used for the benefit and progress of humanity, especially the countries of the global south. The Cabinet believes that India's advancements in the space sector are more than just monumental scientific achievements. They represent a vision of progress, self-reliance, and global leadership. This is also a symbol of rising New India. The Cabinet appealed to those associated with the world of education to inspire more youngsters towards science. 

India has active collaboration with Saudi Arabia in the field of space. ISRO and the Saudi Space Commission (SSC) have been working together in recent years, and in In Mar 2023, a Saudi delegation headed by CEO, SSC visited ISRO. The CEO, SSC, also participated in the 4th edition of G20 Space Economy Leaders Meeting (SELM) which took place in Bengaluru on 6-7 Jul 2023 under India’s presidency of the G20.

In 2022, SSC announced a partnership with Axiom Space to launch two Saudi astronauts to International Space Station (ISS) in 2023. In May 2023, Saudi Astronauts Rayana Bernawi, and Ali Al-Qarni, were launched from the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, as part of Axiom2 space mission to ISS.

The complete text of the Cabinet Resolution is available at the following link: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1953204