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23rd August will be celebrated as the National Space Day

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 Source: PIB

 Context: The Prime Minister visited the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru and addressed the ISRO team about the success of Chandrayaan-3.


Key Highlights from PM speech:

  • The Prime Minister celebrated the achievement of Chandrayaan-3 as a significant scientific milestone that demonstrates India’s prowess in space exploration. He also announced that the point of Chandrayaan-3’s landing would be known as ‘Shiv Shakti.’
  • He acknowledged the contribution of women scientists and referred to the Chandrayaan-2 landing site as ‘Tiranga,’ highlighting its significance in inspiring efforts and overcoming failures.
  • He announced that August 23rd will be observed as ‘National Space Day’ to celebrate science, technology, and innovation.

He emphasized the role of space technology in governance, linking it to initiatives like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, education, healthcare, and disaster management. He encouraged ISRO to organize hackathons on ‘Space Technology in Governance’ to make governance more effective.