By Damilola Olufemi
India’s latest space mission entered the Moon’s orbit on Saturday ahead of the country’s second attempt at a lunar landing.
This was made known by the Indian Space Research Organisation via Facebook.
“Chandrayaan-3 has been successfully inserted into the lunar orbit,” the agency posted.
Launched in mid-July, the mission underwent multiple orbits around Earth, gradually accumulating the required velocity for its upcoming expedition.
Upon a successful landing on Wednesday, a solar-powered rover will initiate exploration of the relatively uncharted lunar south pole, relaying crucial data back to Earth throughout its two-week operational period.
A former Pakistani politician, Fawad Hussain, on Wednesday, posted on X (formerly Twitter) over the feat.
“All eyes on #Chandryaan3 Moon landing 5:40 PM, great day for Indian Science Community and Space scientists, Congratulations to people of India on this great achievement,” he posted.
Also, Indian capital New Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday, posted images of children from a school in south Delhia on X.
Kejriwal was “delighted to see the sincere interest and enthusiasm” of the kids.