What is the Shivshakti Point on the Moon

On August 2023, the spot where the Chandrayaan-3 landed on the South Pole of the Moon was named Shivshakti Point.

| Updated on: Aug 27 2023, 19:48 IST
Chandrayaan-3 Moon mission: 5 facts to know
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1/7 The Chandrayaan-3 mission was launched on July 14 from Sri Harikota, India's main spaceport in  Andhra Pradesh. From the day of its launch, Chandrayaan-3  has looped through progressively wider-ranging orbits of Earth. It then transferred to a lunar orbit and emerged as a focus of national pride. Our Moon mission become a global interest after Russia's Moon mission Luna-25  failed to land on the moon. (PTI)
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2/7 The landing of  Chandrayaan-3 is aimed at the lunar south pole. Lunar south pole is a region that may have water ice or frozen water. It can be an abundant source of oxygen, fuel, and water that can be extremely important for future moon missions. (AFP)
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3/7 Chandrayaan-3 will be functional for two weeks if it lands successfully on the lunar surface. It will run various experiments which will include a spectrometer analysis of the mineral composition of the surface of the moon. (via REUTERS)
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4/7 The lander of the Chandrayaan-3 mission is about 2m tall. Its mass is said to be about  1,700 kg (3,747.86 lb) which can deploy a small 26 Kg lunar rover. (HT_PRINT)
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5/7 For the smooth landing of the  Chandrayaan-3 on the south pole of the Moon, rough terrain can be a great hurdle. However, adjustments have been made by ISRO scientists that will help Chandrayaan-3 to stick its landing. (ISRO)
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6/7 The adjustments include a system to broaden the potential landing zone and the lander has been equipped with more fuel and sturdier legs to be more effective. (REUTERS)
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7/7 If this mission becomes successful, it would make India the fourth country to successfully land on the moon, after the former USSR, the United States, and China, and India will be able to mark its emergence as a strong space power. ISRO will telecast the planned Chandrayaan-3  landing starting from 1720 IST (1150 GMT) on August 23, 2023. (ISRO twitter)
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The name Shiv shakti Point for the Chandrayaan-3 landing site represents the fusion of science and spirituality. (HT_PRINT)

In a momentous event that captured the historic landing of Chandrayaan-3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the names of two significant lunar landing sites where Chandrayaan-3 landed and also where Chandrayaan-2 had crash-landed. Prime Minister Modi recently visited the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking, and Command Network Mission Control Complex in Bengaluru and unveiled the two names"Shivshakti Point" and "Tiranga Point."

On August 2023, the spot where the Chandrayaan-3 landed on the South Pole of the Moon, will now be known by the name of Shiv Shakti Point and the place where the Chandrayaan-2 lander crash-landed on the Moon's surface in 2019 will be known as "Tiranga Point". Not only this, PM Modi also declared that 23 August, the Chandrayaan-3 landing day, will be celebrated as National Space Day in India, representing the historical achievement in the field of space exploration.

Shiv Shakti Point: A Fusion of Science and Spirituality

The spot where Chandrayaan-3's Vikram lander landed, will henceforth be called by the name of Shiv Shakti Point. The name Shiv Shakti point for the Chandrayaan-3 landing site represents the fusion of science and spirituality. This name has been taken from Hindu mythology. While naming the touch-down point as Shivshakti, PM Modi said, "The humanitarian resolve is integral to the concept of Shiva, and it is from Shakti that we get the ability to fulfill that resolve. The 'Shakti' in the name 'Shiv Shakti' comes from the hard work, inspiration, and empowerment of the women scientists."

Inspiration for Future Generations

Prime Minister Modi emphasized that "Shivshakti Point" is not just a name, but an inspiration for the generations to come. This designation carries the profound message that the power of science can be used for the betterment of humanity.

Empowering Women in Science

According to PM Modi, the name "Shivshakti Point" pays homage to the role of women scientists in the Chandrayaan-3 mission. Prime Minister Modi's acknowledgment of their integral contributions serves as a powerful affirmation of the increasing representation of women in the field of science and technology. This recognition not only highlights the dedication of women scientists but also sets an example for gender inclusivity in scientific fields.

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First Published Date: 27 Aug, 19:48 IST