Chandrayaan-3: India launches lander and rover to explore lunar surface

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solo18 July 2023Last Update : 2 months ago
Chandrayaan-3: India launches lander and rover to explore lunar surface

If this mission is successful, India will become the fourth country to land on the lunar surface.

an Indian Space ship bound to moon It was successfully launched from Sriharikota on the country’s east coast on Friday, after a similar mission failed nearly four years ago.

In 2019, India launched a robotic spacecraft near moonof the little-explored South Pole, which ended in an accident.

It is said that the disaster was caused by a software glitch when the lander was making the final landing to deploy a rover on the lunar crater.

Now India is giving it another chance with its new spacecraft, Chandrayaan-3 – the word for “moon craft” in Sanskrit – which lifted off on Friday afternoon with an orbiter, a lander and a rover amid cheers and applause. sailed away.

“Congratulations India. India Space Research Organization (ISRO) director Sridhar Panikkar Somnath said soon after the launch, Chandrayaan-3 has started its journey towards the moon.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the spacecraft “a new chapter in India’s space mission”.

“It soars high lifting the dreams and ambitions of every Indian,” he tweeted. “This momentous achievement is a testimony to the tireless dedication of our scientists. I salute his spirit and ingenuity!”

Chandrayaan-3 is set to embark on a journey that should last a little over a month before landing on the lunar surface in August.

According to Dr. Jitendra Singh, India’s junior minister for science and technology, the mission aims to bring back to the scientific community valuable data about the properties of lunar soil and rocks, including their chemical and elemental composition.

If the spacecraft succeeds in landing safely on the Moon, India will become the fourth country after the US, the Soviet Union and China to reach the satellite.

Isro director Somnath said the mission is focused on a safe and soft landing on the moon, while the Indian space agency has mastered the art of reaching the moon, adding “it is the landing the agency is working on.”

The mission cost a staggering €66.5 million and is expected to last a total of 14 days. Modi had earlier said on Twitter that the Moon mission would “carry forward the hopes and dreams of our nation.”

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