The big international news on Wednesday was India successfully landing its Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft near the moon’s south pole.
In doing so, India became just the fourth nation to complete a safe lunar landing, following the United States, the former Soviet Union and China.
India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is also now the first lunar station to ever land near the south pole of the moon.
“This success belongs to all of humanity and it will help moon missions by other countries in the future,” India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said following the successful lunar landing. “I’m confident that all countries in the world, including those from the global south, are capable of capturing success. We can all aspire to the moon and beyond.”
Just two days ago, on Sunday, Russia, attempting to beat India to the south pole of the moon, failed when its Luna-25 craft, in the words of Roscosmos, Russia’s state space corporation, “ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the surface of the moon.”
Now, all sorts of people on the internet are having much fun mocking Russia for crashing their spacecraft after India successfully landed theirs on the moon.
“Russia needs to go clean up their mess on the moon we can’t have Russian rubbish accumulation there,” one person joked on Twitter.
“Luna-25 performed according to plan, they wanted to confirm if the moon is neutral by attacking it!!!” someone else joked.
How I love that India humiIiated ruZzia too much🌚 good job India🤓
— 🇺🇦✙ Oksii ✙🇺🇦 (@Oksii33) August 23, 2023
“Does it have a rover component where it might be able to acquire pictures of the Luna-25 wreckage?” read another comment.
RuZZia's lunar lander was nothing more than a cardboard mockup filled with Vodka bottles, used as a PR stunt.
It was never supposed to land, all the money went to the Oligarchs in the first place. 🤣
— Robin Bucciarelli (@butsch_79) August 23, 2023
“Well at least the Russian rocket hit the moon – could’ve easily missed it. So, there’s that…” another person commented.
It's the tortoise and the hare. India took their time and did it right.
— Alan (@Alan78174572) August 23, 2023
Eh, no big deal. Dmitry Rogozin, the former head of the Russian space corporation Roscosmos, will probably just claim that India’s successful moon landing was fake too.