Dear colleagues,

The definitive discovery of water on the Moon came in 2008, when Indian Space 
Research Organization (ISRO)  launched the 
spacecraft to lunar orbit in October 22, 2008. Chandrayaan-1 carried with it a 
NASA-provided science instrument called the Moon Mineralogical Mapper (M3) that 
observed how the surface absorbed infrared light. Using this data M3 determined 
that previously suspected water molecules were ice inside the Moon’s polar 
Details at

On 23rd August 2023  ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3’s lander touched down on the lunar 
surface, making India the first country to successfully land a spacecraft near 
the Moon’s south pole. Scientists have deployed a rover to send images and data 
back to Earth. This success belongs to all of humanity and it will help moon 
missions by other countries in the future.

India's space journey is an epic tale of ingenuity and resourcefulness. 
Starting with a budget of less than $4M for its first satellite in 1975, ISRO - 
Indian Space Research Organisation has made India a space power on a shoestring 
budget, achieving monumental feats like landing near the Moon’s south pole for 
around $70 Million.

But looks like some UK media are not happy with India’s success. The success of 
India's Chandrayaan-3 mission to the Moon has ignited a debate over foreign aid 
between the UK and India.

“The debate took an intriguing turn when users cited a report published by 
Columbia University Press, authored by economist Usha Patnaik. The report, part 
of a collection of essays, revealed that the East India Company and the British 
Raj had extracted a staggering £9.2 trillion (equivalent to $44.6 trillion) 
from India between 1765 and 1938. This eye-popping figure became a focal point 
in the debate as X users humorously suggested that if the UK sought returns, 
they should consider repaying the estimated $44.6 trillion amassed during 
India’s Colonial rule.”

Read more at:

UK aid worth nearly £2.3 billion to India sparks heated debate amid 
Chandrayaan-3 triumph

How UK Media's 'Racist Rant' On Chandrayaan's Success Was Silenced By India's 
'$45 Trillion' Truth

ISRO Chandrayaan-3 used British aid? British journalist 'insults' INDIA? GB 
News | Karolina Goswami

This success of ISRO and Chandrayaan-3 will benefit the global scientific 
community and it is great to see that countries from around the world  send 
congratulations to India on this historic achievement. This is the year of 
India’s G20 presidency. India’s idea of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ is 
resonating across the world. This human-centric approach has been welcomed by 
all. India’s Moon mission is also based on this principle. India’s success 
belongs to all of humanity.

Best wishes


Dr Suchith Anand

Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | AI 
Ethics | AI Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data and AI Ethics | Global 
Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate

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