“Success in the Moon Mission Puts India in Elite Company with US, China, and Former Soviet Union”
India’s highly anticipated moon mission, Chandrayaan-3, is scheduled to embark on its third edition today, July 14, at 2:35 pm. The launch will be facilitated by the powerful Launch Vehicle Mark 3 (LVM3) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Excitement fills the scientific community and Indians worldwide as they eagerly await the success of India’s lunar endeavor.
The countdown for this historic mission began on Thursday, with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announcing the commencement of the countdown in a tweet: “The countdown leading to the launch tomorrow at 14:35:17 Hrs. IST has commenced.”
About Chandrayan 3
India’s upcoming Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon aims to rectify the previous Chandrayaan-2’s crash-landing in 2019. The new mission has undergone improvements to ensure success and is expected to reach the moon on August 23. Chandrayaan-3 consists of a propulsion module, lander module, and rover, with a focus on developing technologies for future inter-planetary missions. Achieving a successful landing would place India in an esteemed group alongside the United States, China, and the former Soviet Union. The mission holds potential for India to increase its share in the global space business, which currently stands at a mere 2%. Chandrayaan-3 has been designed with a failure-based approach, emphasizing protection and ensuring a successful landing. Unlike Chandrayaan-2, this mission will only include a lander and rover, utilizing the existing orbiter for communication and mapping purposes. The lander is equipped with hazard detection cameras to aid in landing coordination. The landing area has been expanded, allowing flexibility in choosing a landing spot. Additionally, the mission carries extra fuel and improved solar panels on the lander for enhanced capabilities and power generation.