Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Sivan today announced that India's third lunar mission, Chandrayan-3, is on and the government has approved it. ISRO chief also said that some good progress was made on Chandrayan-2, even though it could not land successfully.
Giving details about the mission, he said that Chandrayaan-3 will be almost similar to its predecessor Chandrayaan-2.
He also listed ISRO’s achievements in 2019 and what it plans to do this year. “This year is going to be the year of Chandrayaan-3 and Gaganyaan," the ISRO chief said.
Earlier Union Minister Jitendra Singh had said that India will launch Chandrayaan-3 in 2020. "Yes, the lander and rover mission will mostly likely happen in 2020. However, as I have said before, the Chandrayaan-2 mission cannot be called a failure as we have learnt a lot from it. There is no country in the world that has landed on its first attempt. The US took several attempts. But we will not need so many attempts," News Agency PTI quoted Singh as saying. He added that the experience gathered from Chandrayaan-2 and available infrastructure will bring down the cost of Chandrayaan-3.
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Chandrayaan-2 mission was India's first attempt to land on lunar surface. The ISRO had planned the landing on the South Pole of the lunar surface. However, the lander Vikram hard-landed.
-With Agency inputs