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Business News/ News / India/  Chandrayaan-3 is to launch in mid-July. All you need to know about India's third lunar mission
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Chandrayaan-3 is to launch in mid-July. All you need to know about India's third lunar mission

India's third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, is set to launch on either July 12 or July 13, with a planned landing on the moon's surface in late August. The mission aims to achieve a successful landing of the lander and deploy a rover to conduct experiments. The mission has a budget of ₹615 crore.

Chandrayaan-3 mission is scheduled in July second week (AFP)Premium
Chandrayaan-3 mission is scheduled in July second week (AFP)

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced that Chandrayaan-3, India's third lunar mission, is scheduled to launch on either July 12 or July 13 at 2:30 pm.

As reported by IANS, the spacecraft will embark on a journey lasting slightly over a month, with the intended landing on the moon's surface expected around August 23.

Although the precise launch date is still being finalized, ISRO Chairman S. Somanath has expressed the organization's goal of launching the mission as soon as possible, potentially on either July 12 or July 13. The mission has been allocated a budget of 615 crore.

As per the report, preparations for the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft are underway at the Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh. The spacecraft has undergone testing and has been enclosed within the rocket's payload fairing or heat shield. The primary goal of this mission is to achieve a successful landing of the lander on the moon's surface, followed by the deployment of a rover to carry out a range of experiments.

The current lander for the Chandrayaan-3 mission has undergone several modifications compared to the previous lander used in the Chandrayaan-2 mission. Instead of five motors, the new lander will now have four motors, and certain software adjustments have been made as well. However, the official did not disclose specific information regarding the naming of the lander and rover for this mission. According to the IANS report, it is possible that ISRO may choose to retain the names of the earlier lander, Vikram, and rover, Pragyan.

A significant addition to the upcoming Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission is the inclusion of the SHAPE (Spectro-polarimetry of Habitable Planet Earth) payload. This sophisticated equipment has been specifically developed to conduct comprehensive studies and collect valuable data on Earth's spectral and polarimetric measurements from the lunar orbit.

Based on reports, ISRO has established three main objectives for the Chandrayaan-3 mission. These objectives include successfully achieving a safe and gentle landing on the Moon, demonstrating the rover's ability to move around on the lunar surface, and conducting scientific observations directly on-site (in-situ).

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Published: 02 Jul 2023, 07:16 AM IST
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