The launch of India’s first moon mission, Chandrayaan, has registered its name in the history of India’s romance with the unknown world. When Aryabhatta, India’s first satellite went into outer space, it was seen as an optimistic achievement. When Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian to go into space, it must have brought tears of joy and a patriotic stir among millions of Indians.
Chandrayaan is the first of its kind of moon missions of India, and so it is very special for all of us. It has made us reckon on the world map as a developing space power. The Americans, Russians and Chinese have already exhibited their space acumen to the world. Now is the day for India. Now is the time for India to enjoy its place under the sun, in the courtyard of its neighbour.
In October, when the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launched India’s lunar mission, it was a euphoric moment for all of us. One billion Indians applauded the successful efforts of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) when the rocket successfully entered moon’s orbit.
Our satellites, like the Insat series of satellites, only orbit the earth and send signals back to it. Chandrayaan is significant because this is the first time Indians have sent something beyond the gravitational pull of the earth. Even though the moon mission has cost us around rupees 400 crores, it has been worth all this toil and labour.
For other powerful nations of the world, moon missions are common. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step on moon in 1968. Later in 1972, the spaceship Apollo’s members touched the face of moon. Till now, there have been sixty-eight missions to moon.
In spite of this, India’s moon feat is noteworthy for the world, because our closest neighbour is still unexplored. There is also the possibility of finding life on moon. Thus, there is an attempt to look for opportunities to set up robotic and human colonies. This is how this moon mission also contributes to the knowledge of the whole world about moon.
A lot of other nations, like the UK, the USA, Sweden etc., are also a part of this mission, in the form of their payloads that have been attached to the orbiter. Even the NASA has attached its instrument to detect ice on moon.
The success of this effort has infused conviction among Indians. We are now brimming with self-confidence and are highly pleased with our great success. This is just the beginning. Its success has inspired us to do more.
The ISRO is planning to send manned satellites as well. Like China, which has recently conducted a spacewalk, India too has aspirations of doing the same. We wish that we also might be able to launch a Mars mission soon.
The success of Chandrayaan has made us believe that we too can accomplish these goals. India now feels that it is no longer lagging behind, but rather, it has the right potential to be a superpower and a world leader.
The day perhaps is not far, when the first Indian will kiss the moon in Chandrayaan -2, which also has been approved by the Government.