Search engine giant Google celebrated the success of Chandrayaan-3, India’s third moon mission, with a special animated doodle on Thursday. India made history by landing on the moon’s south pole on Wednesday, becoming the first country to land on an unknown surface.

With this achievement, India entered the top four club and became the fourth country to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon after the United States, China and the former Soviet Union.

To pay tribute to the historic feat, the internet giant created a doodle reading “Celebrate the first landing on the South Pole of the Moon!”.

A graphic dynamic doodle depicts the letters “GOOGLE” floating in outer space among twinkling stars, and an animated “moon” forms the second “O” in the sequence. It also shows a spacecraft soft-landing at the lunar south pole.

“Today’s doodle celebrates the first landing on the South Pole of the Moon! Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India on July 14, 2023 and successfully landed on the Landing near the South Pole region of the Moon August 23, 2023,” read a note on Thursday’s Google Doodle.

“Landing on the moon is not easy. Previously, only the United States, China and the former Soviet Union have completed soft landings on the moon, but no country has reached the Antarctic region before.”

It’s an epic moment for India as it joins the elite club in spaceflight, with celebrations erupting across the country on Wednesday to celebrate the country’s historic achievement.

The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-3 mission, consisting of a lander (Vikram) and a rover (Pragyan), touched down at the South Pole of the Moon at 6:04 pm.

“The lunar south pole has been an area of ​​high interest to space explorers as they suspect ice deposits within permanently shadowed craters. Chandrayaan-3 has now confirmed this prediction to be correct! This ice has the potential to provide humanity with a vital resource .like air, water, and even hydrogen rocket fuel for future astronauts,” Google added a note to the doodle.


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