India Celebrates Historic Achievement as Chandrayaan-3 Makes Soft Landing on Moon
In a historic moment that has captivated the attention of a billion Indians, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has unveiled a long-awaited video showcasing the Pragyan rover's remarkable descent from the Vikram lander and its strides on the lunar surface.
The rear wheels of the rover proudly bear the insignia of ISRO and the Indian emblem, a symbolic representation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka at Sarnath. Keen eyes have also noted faint marks, visible in the initial footage released by ISRO.
Chandrayaan-3, an ambitious lunar mission, achieved a milestone soft landing on the moon at precisely 6:04 pm on a Wednesday evening. This accomplishment catapults India into an elite group of nations – the fourth to successfully touch down on the lunar terrain. Just four hours after the successful landing, the Pragyan rover emerged onto the lunar landscape, a pivotal moment that has been immortalized in ISRO's latest video release.
During the euphoria surrounding the Chandrayaan-3 landing, ISRO Chief S Somnath's words resonated widely. In a statement, he eloquently mentioned, "Algebra, square roots, concepts of time, architecture, the structure of the universe, metallurgy, even aviation were first found in the Vedas, travelled to Europe through Arab countries, and were subsequently posited as discoveries of scientists of the western world." Somanath underscored the significance of this knowledge exchange.
A fascinating facet emerged from Somanath's speech: the challenge of the Sanskrit language, in which Indian scientists of that era documented their findings, was devoid of a written script. The language was orally transmitted and memorized for its preservation. The later adoption of the Devanagari script for Sanskrit facilitated written records.
At the distinguished fourth convocation ceremony of the 'Maharishi Panini Sanskrit and Vedic University' in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, the ISRO chairman shared insights into the scientific theories proposed by ancient Indian scholars. He highlighted the absence of documented evidence for their innovative ideas at the time, thus contributing to the understated recognition of their work.
Somanath's address illuminated the profound imprint of Sanskrit scientists on India's cultural journey over centuries. Their contributions have endured the test of time, reflecting a heritage of scientific brilliance that continues to inspire and amaze.
This historic event marks not only India's triumphant landing on the moon but also the celebration of a rich scientific legacy that has shaped the nation's identity.
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