France, EU laud India on successful moon landing

November 15th, 2008 - 7:05 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) France, chair of the 27-nation European Union, Saturday lauded India on the successful lunar exploration mission, which, it stressed, confirmed “India’s eminent position among the world-class scientific and technological powers”. “France, on behalf of the European Union, warmly congratulates India for the successful landing of the Moon Impact Probe and the launch of the lunar exploration programme,” the French embassy said in a statement here.

“This remarkable success of the Indian space vehicle confirms anew India’s eminent position among the world-class scientific and technological powers,” it said.

“France and the European Union look forward to the strengthening of the existing scientific cooperations with India in the field of space, which are particularly promiseful for the development of science and knowledge worldwide,” the statement underlined.

In a milestone for the country’s space programme, India planted its national colours on the moon Thursday as the foil-wrapped Moon Impact Probe landed in the Shakelton crater near the lunar South Pole.

The Moon Impact Probe, dropped from the larger, unmanned Chandrayaan-1 orbiter, sampled the thin lunar atmosphere during a half-hour free fall.

Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned lunar probe, was launched Oct 22. After the US, then USSR, and Japan, India is the fourth country to land a probe on moon.

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