The Launch of Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled for July 14, with the lunar landing planned for either August 23 or 24.


India’s highly anticipated lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, has now been officially scheduled for launch on July 14 at 2:35 p.m. The announcement was made by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday, revealing that the launch will take place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

During the G-20 Space Economy Leaders Meeting, ISRO Chairman S. Somnath shared additional details, stating that the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft will be carried into space by the Launch Vehicle Mark-III (LVM3).

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The mission comprises an indigenous lander module (LM), a propulsion module (PM), and a rover, all aimed at developing and demonstrating innovative technologies required for inter-planetary ventures.

ISRO explains that the lander possesses the capability to perform a soft landing at a specific lunar site and deploy the rover. The rover, in turn, will conduct in-situ chemical analysis of the lunar surface as it moves around. Both the lander and rover carry scientific payloads to conduct experiments on the lunar terrain.

The anticipated soft-landing on the moon is expected to occur in the last week of August, provided the July 14 launch proceeds as planned. The precise landing date is determined by the availability of sunlight on the moon during landing. The favorable timeframe for landing is estimated to be either on August 23 or 24, ensuring adequate sunlight for a successful descent.

Mr. Somnath further mentioned that once the lander and rover touch down on the moon, they are designed to remain operational for 14 days, leveraging a small solar panel on the rover to generate power and charge the battery during periods without direct sunlight. This feature is crucial as the lunar environment can reach temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius. Despite these challenging conditions, the team at ISRO is confident that the battery and electronics will withstand the harsh lunar environment.

Excitement builds as India prepares for the launch of Chandrayaan-3, eagerly anticipating its successful mission to the moon and the groundbreaking scientific discoveries it may bring.

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