India’s thrilling lunar exploration was graced by a special announcement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his visit to ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) in Bengaluru, declared the Moon touchdown point of Chandrayaan-3 would henceforth be known as ‘Shiv Shakti Point’.
Chandrayaan-3’s Touchdown and Naming Conventions
So, why the name ‘Shiv Shakti’? PM Modi, in his address to the ISRO team, explained, “It is a convention to name the spot of touchdown on the moon.
That point will now be known as ‘Shiv Shakti Point’. The ‘Shakti’ in the name ‘Shiv Shakti’ comes from the hard work, inspiration and empowerment of the women scientists.”
This classification percolates the essence of strength and spirituality, empowering the scientists’ unmatched efforts.
But wait, there’s more. Do you recall the Chandrayaan-2 mission in 2019, which unfortunately crash landed on the Moon? PM Modi announced that this point would be termed as ‘Tiranga Point’.
According to him, “India has decided to also name the point where Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander crash landed. It is only apt to name the point ‘Tiranga Point’ – India’s first contact with the surface of the Moon.
The Prime Minister connected the moniker to India’s recent campaign “Har Ghar Tiranga”, making it a symbol of national pride.
National Space Day
August 23, commemorating the Chandrayaan-3 landing. PM Modi foresees it as “a day of celebrating science and technology that will inspire forthcoming generations.”
PM Modi, expressing the prevailing sentiment, asserted “What you all have achieved is one of the most inspiring moments of this era. The entire world has understood India’s mettle in the field of science and technology.”
Chandrayaan-3’s lander, Vikram, performed a successful lunar landing on this day. Tagging along are the six scientific payloads, including the rover Pragyan, prepared to gather data over 14 days regarding Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor.
In essence, PM Modi’s visit to ISRO Bengaluru marked an essential milestone in India’s history of space exploration.
The naming ceremony of the Moon touchdown points not only honor the sci-tech community’s endeavors but also inspire the upcoming generations to make their mark in the field. “Shiv Shakti”- exemplifying spiritual potency and the empowerment of women scientists echoes in every corner of ISRO now.