Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi named two points on the moon after meeting the scientists at the ISRO Mission Complex on Saturday. He named the touchdown point of Chandrayaan-3's landing area as 'Shiva Shakti'. Also, the Prime Minister declared August 23 as 'National Space Day'.
As Modi was visiting South Africa for the BRICS Conference at the time of Chandrayaan 3's landing, he couldn't enjoy the proud moment with all the ISRO members. Although he joined ISRO to watch this landing process virtually from Johannesburg. Soon he reached ISRO after returning home, as he could not resist the joy, emotion, and excitement of the country's pride.
PM Narendra Modi said, "It is a convention to name the spot of the touchdown on the moon. And India, too, has now decided to name the point where Vikram Lander touched down. That point will now be known as 'Shiv Shakti Point'.".
He also said, "The 'Shakti' in the name 'Shiv Shakti' comes from the hard work, inspiration, and empowerment of women scientists.".
PM Modi also named the place 'Tiranga Point', where Chandrayaan-2 crashed on the moon in 2019.
He later announced, "India has decided to also name the point where Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander crash-landed. India had decided not to name that point at that time, as it did not feel right. But today, when the Chandrayaan-3 mission successfully landed on the Moon, the moment is right to dedicate a name to the point where Chandrayaan-2 left its mark. Since we now have "Har Ghar Tiranga" and the Tiranga is even there on the Moon, it is only apt to name the point 'Tiranga Point'—India's first contact with the surface of the Moon."