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Chandrayaan 3: The Next Chapter in India’s Moon Mission

July 11, 2023

Chandrayaan-3: India’s mission to conquer the Moon’s south pole, unravel lunar mysteries, and push the limits of space exploration.

LVM3 M4 vehicle

The LVM3 M4 vehicle is moved to the launch pad (Pic: ISRO on Twitter)

India is set to launch its third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, on July 14, 2023. The mission will consist of a lander and a rover, and will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The mission is an extraordinary testament to the nation’s commitment towards scientific exploration and innovation.

Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-up to the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which successfully orbited the Moon in 2019. However, the lander failed to soft-land on the lunar surface. Chandrayaan-3 will attempt to soft-land on the Moon’s south pole, where no previous mission has landed.

The lander will carry a number of scientific instruments, including a spectrometer to study the lunar surface, a camera to take images of the Moon, and a magnetometer to measure the Moon’s magnetic field. The rover will be equipped with a drill to collect samples of the lunar soil.

Here are some of the key goals of Chandrayaan-3:

* To soft-land on the Moon’s south pole
* Deploy a rover to explore the lunar surface
* Collect samples of the lunar soil
* Study the Moon’s geology and composition
* To search for signs of water on the Moon

The launch of Chandrayaan-3 is a significant milestone for India’s space program. It is the country’s third lunar mission, and it will be the first to attempt a soft-landing on the Moon’s south pole. The success of Chandrayaan-3 would be a major achievement for India’s space program. It would also help to advance our understanding of the Moon and its history.

Chandrayaan-3 moon mission

The encapsulated assembly containing Chandrayaan-3 is mated with LVM3 at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota (Pic: ISRO on Twitter)

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