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India Completes Successful Moon Landing

India Completes Successful Moon Landing

By RZR News Team
Sep 12, 2023

Fast Facts

  • On August 23, 2023, India successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon by its south pole.
  • The Chandrayaan-3 mission launched on July 14, delivered the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover to the moon’s south pole, thought to contain water ice.
  • This is notable because it could serve as a water resource for future lunar inhabitants and provide hydrogen for fuel.
  • India becomes only the fourth country to successfully have a “soft landing” on the moon, due to the moon’s weaker atmosphere.
  • Japan’s space agency is also aiming to land a craft on the moon near the Shioli space crater as well according to their own space program.

Analysis

India’s successful moon landing is undoubtedly an impressive scientific achievement, but it also serves as a stark reminder of America’s waning dominance in innovation and quality of life. For decades, the United States led the world in space exploration, but now, emerging nations like India are increasingly challenging America’s technological supremacy.

This event underscores a troubling trend of America losing its competitive edge. The decline can be attributed to various factors, including excessive regulation, stifling bureaucracy and an overreliance on government intervention in the economy. These policies have hampered American innovation and economic growth.

As America grapples with these challenges, rival nations like India are making significant strides in the technology sector. They are investing heavily in education, research and development, fostering an environment where scientific breakthroughs can flourish. This shift threatens America’s position as a global innovation leader.

Furthermore, the success of India’s moon landing serves as a symbol of the shifting geopolitical landscape. As the U.S. grapples with internal divisions and political gridlock, nations like China, Russia and India are seizing the opportunity to expand their influence on the world stage. This could have serious implications for America’s global standing.

To regain its status as a global leader, the U.S. must prioritize policies that foster innovation, reduce bureaucratic obstacles and reassert its position on the international stage.

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The Chandrayaan-3 mission makes India the first country to reach the lunar south polar region in one piece, this is a historic and positive contribution to the country’s homegrown space program. Indians celebrated the double triumph of being the first to land on the South Pole of the moon being the fourth country to land on the moon. Countries are interested in going to the moon because it might inspire others to test human capabilities and discover more about our solar system. 

The moon presents a unique opportunity to engage in international cooperation and competition in a peaceful and visible way. India’s landing on the moon opens the gates to forging new partnerships that will allow other nations to do more in space by accumulating resources and connecting individual researchers and organizations. This moon landing is just another indication of the rising interest in space activity. With technological advancements and new actors, this could increase the potential for more sustainable exploration. 

The revenue generated by the global space industry may reach over 1 trillion dollars by 2040. Sometime in the future, the moon may be economically beneficial because of the resources that it has. What makes the moon’s South Pole so unique is full of craters, pockets of ancient ice, and deep trenches. Scientists are interested in the ancient ice because it can provide a record of lunar volcanoes, material that comets and asteroids delivered to Earth and the origin of oceans. If there’s ice, that means there’s water and water means a source of life for moon exploration. Scientists have detected water on the moon using NASA’s flying telescope and calculated that cold traps are cold enough to freeze water for billions of years. 

Water on the moon means there is potential to set up a moon base, and more water in space to make rocket fuel in the future. Hopefully, this moon landing will continue the inspiration and create opportunities for lunar activities. India has had a surge in space startups and exploration on the moon could possibly provide economic opportunities such as companies working on space technology and being a contributor to space missions.

– Briauna B

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Earlier this month, India made history as the fourth country to ever complete a successful moon landing. The mission came just days after Russia unsuccessfully crashed into the moon after 47 years of no lunar exploration. 

Hearing about India’s accomplishments raises a lot of different questions when thinking about the overall topic of space exploration. One question that is likely to be raised is why, after all these years, India is just the fourth country to ever complete a moon landing. 

On one hand, many would assume that with the information and technology available today, almost every developed country is capable of replicating this. On the other hand, it could be argued that, while it is certainly possible, most countries do not see the value in using public funds for something that may not provide a substantial benefit. 

According to famous astrophysicist Neil Degrass Tyson, space exploration should be considered important for lots of reasons. One of the main reasons why Tyson advocates for the funding of space exploration is because by observing other planets, we are given the opportunity to not only learn about the valuable resources they might contain, but it could also give some insight into how we should be using ours.  

That being said, while India’s accomplishment was definitely impressive and worthy of praise, the future of these missions remains unclear. Unless another “space race” is commenced, there is no reason to believe that another moon landing will occur any time soon. Depending on who you ask and what their priorities are, some people may hear this and be saddened, while others may feel completely indifferent. 

– James Demertzis

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Neil Armstrong’s famous words when he first stepped on the moon were “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Fifty-four years later, humanity is still exploring the nature of the universe, and countries are still exploring one of our nearest neighbors, the moon. 

India made headlines with their successful landing of a spacecraft on the moon’s south pole. Perhaps most notably the southern region of the moon is thought by scientists to contain water ice. If found, water ice can serve a dual purpose for any future inhabitants by providing drinking water and fuel in the form of hydrogen gas. 

Human beings as a species possess the ability, and therefore the obligation to explore the universe, to look up to the stars and to dream about what other life may exist. It’s also worth noting that Russia recently launched a spacecraft to do the same thing, and failed.  

Russia publicly congratulated the country and its success but may be doing this to save a little face at their own recent failure to complete the same mission. India has increased their standing when it comes to space programs dramatically in the completion of this mission. In addition, they may have begun a new chapter in the existence of human history. 

It is hard to imagine, but there may come a day when humans no longer live on Earth. Our children’s children, or even their children, may never see the planet in their own lifetimes, as humanity in theory could expand its existence to farther reaches of the universe. 

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