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San Francisco: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Thursday praised India for the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon, describing it as "super cool."

"Super cool!," Musk said, reacting to the successful launch.

Also, he congratulated the country for the landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon.

"Congratulations India," he commented on one of ISRO's posts.

Even before the successful landing, Musk had shown support for India's Moon mission by saying "Good for India.”

The world hailed the historic soft-landing of the Indian spacecraft on the Moon’s south pole surface on Wednesday.

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Calling the success an "incredible moment", Google's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella congratulated ISRO for its victory.

“What an incredible moment! Congratulations to @isro for the successful landing of #Chandrayaan3 on the moon,” Pichai said in a post on X.

“Today India became the first country to successfully achieve a soft landing on the southern polar region of the moon,” he added.

"My congratulations to ISRO on the moon landing of the Chandrayaan-3. What an exciting moment for India - and the future of space exploration," Nadella wrote.

"Wow! Chandrayaan-3's moon landing is a great achievement for India and all humanity! Congratulations to the ISRO team and all of India," Gita Gopinath, First Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, wrote on X.

The success of the moon mission was of prime importance to India, which has now become the fourth country to master the soft-landing technology on the lunar surface after the US, China and the erstwhile Soviet Union.

Via this mission, India will understand the lunar surface better but also its potential for human habitation in the future.

Chandrayaan-3 landed successfully after a 40-day journey starting from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.

With this historic feat, India became the first nation to make a successful landing on the Moon's south pole.

After landing successfully, ISRO had posted on X: "Chandrayaan-3 Mission: 'India, I reached my destination and you too!' :Chandrayaan-3."

The lander landed after travelling about 3.84 lakh km for over 40 days.

The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft comprises a propulsion module (weighing 2,148 kg), a lander (1,723.89 kg) and a rover (26 kg).

The 19 minutes of suspense and excitement began at 5.45 p.m. on Wednesday, as planned earlier, and ended at 6.05 p.m. with the lander touching down on the lunar soil.