The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced on Thursday that India’s long-awaited moon mission, Chandrayaan-3, will launch on July 14 at 2.35 p.m. from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. This moon lander mission will be is happening almost four years after the crash of its previous incarnation in 2019. The mission, codenamed LVM3 M4, will include a lander, propulsion module, and rover, with the goal of landing safely and softly on the lunar surface, roving, and conducting on-site scientific investigations. Back in this year March, the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft successfully completed the critical tests that proved its ability to survive the extreme vibration and acoustic environment that the spacecraft would undergo during launch.
ISRO, which stands for Indian Space Research Organisation, is the government of India’s space agency. On August 15, 1969, it was formed with the purpose of developing India’s space capabilities for a variety of applications such as communication, remote sensing, weather forecasting, and scientific research. ISRO has achieved enormous advances in space technology throughout the years, becoming one of the world’s premier space agencies. ISRO’s primary objectives are the advancement of space technology and its application for national development, the attainment of self-reliance in space technology, and the promotion of space science research and planetary exploration.
Early hours today, at SDSC-SHAR, the movement of the LVM3 M4 vehicle with Chandrayaan-3 to the launch pad has commenced pic.twitter.com/Oxb7arzpYr
— ISRO (@isro) July 6, 2023
ISRO has designed, developed, and launched a wide range of satellites for communication, remote sensing, navigation, and scientific research purposes. Some notable satellites include INSAT series for communication, IRS series for remote sensing, and Chandrayaan-1 and Chandrayaan-2 for lunar exploration. In 2013, ISRO successfully launched the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, which made India the fourth country to reach Mars. The mission aimed to study the Martian atmosphere, surface features, and search for signs of life. ISRO launched Chandrayaan-2, a moon mission, in 2019. Despite the loss of the lander (Vikram), the orbiter (Chandrayaan-2) continues to orbit the Moon, giving crucial data for scientific research.
ISRO continues to push the boundaries of space exploration and technology, striving for scientific advancements and national development. It has made significant achievements and is widely respected in the global space community for its accomplishments and cost-effective approach to space missions. Hence, ISRO is all set to launch moon mission Chandrayaan 3.
The landing of Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled for August. If successful, India’s mission will make it the fourth country in the world to conduct a soft landing on the moon, joining the earlier Soviet Union, the United States, and China. Isro chairman S Somnath said that it will land on 23rd August. The date is determined by when the sun rises on the moon; it will rely on the calculations, but if it is delayed, we will have to postpone the landing until September,” he stated. Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan-2 to demonstrate end-to-end capability in safe lunar landing and wandering. Everyone are looking forward for the most anticipating moment.
Source: The Hindustan Times