ISRO Congratulated for Successful Launch
With successful launch of its first maiden Moon Mission Chandrayaan-1, India has become one of only six countries in the world to have achieved this extraordinary space mission.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched Chandrayaan-1 into the Earth's orbit at 6:30 am today through its warhorse rocket PSLV C-11.
Indian Prime Minister, who is at present in Japan, called up the Secretary, Department of Space G Madhavan Nair and applauded saying, "The successful launch of the Chandrayaan-1 marks the first step in what we hope will be a historical milestone in India's space programme.....I congratulate all the scientist associated with this mission for the successful completion of the first step."
The President of India, Pratibha Patel also congratulated the scientists at ISRO for the success. She called the launch a "Landmark Day" which would inspire Indian space scientists to send manned missions in future.
The leader of the opposition party in parliament and senior leader of BJP Mr. L K Advani also hailed the launch and stated, "I feel that the successful launch of Chandrayaan-1 is a historic moment for India. I am happy to know about it...it is a matter of time .We will send Indian Astronauts to moon."
However, he also reminded all that the project was given clearance by the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003.
The Chairman of ISRO G Madhavan Nair on the commendable performance of all scientists stated, "My heartiest congratulation to you all for the remarkable job."