Chandrayaan-3 to be launched in July: MoS Jitendra Singh

MoS Science and Technology said that Chandrayaan-3 is likely to be launched in the second half of July

| Updated: 14 June, 2023 9:45 pm IST
Image of the Chandrayaan-3 lander

NEW DELHI: India’s coveted Moon Mission Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled to be launched in July, most likely in the second half of the month, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, said.

Dr Singh said, “If things go as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will launch its ambitious Chandrayaan-3 Mission, which is aimed at demonstrating critical technology to land the spacecraft on the South Pole of the Moon.”

Earlier this year, he said, the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft successfully completed the essential tests that validated its capability to withstand the harsh environment that the spacecraft would be facing during its launch and the subsequent journey.

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Dr Jitendra Singh said, “India’s earlier lunar mission, Chandrayan-1, had earned India a place of pride and supremacy in the world arena by identifying, for the first time ever, the presence of water on the surface of the moon.”

“This input was noted with great significance even by the world’s premier space agencies like the USA’s NASA,” he added.

Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan-2, which was unable to put the rover on the moon.

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Living up to the theme of “Science of the Moon”, the scientific instruments on the lander and the rover in Chandrayaan would be capable of studying the various aspects of the moon, including the lunar environment and thermo-physio properties.

But at the same time, another experimental instrument incorporated in the Chandrayaan-3 Mission could be capable of studying different aspects of the Earth as well, thus prompting the simultaneous theme of “Science from the Moon”.

Echoing the sentiments, ISRO chairman S Somnath said, “The final preparations are going on. It will be completed by the end of this month.”

“The rocket, LVM-3, is going to be used for this launch, and its assembly is going on. All parts for its assembly have reached Sriharikota. It will be launched between July 12 and 19,” he added.

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