The Chandrayaan-3 mission is being relocated for its Moon-bound journey. (Photo: ISRO)
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has confirmed that the Chandrayaan-3 mission is set to launch to the Moon on July 14. The spacecraft will take off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 2:35 pm.
The announcement came after the spacecraft was transported to the launchpad, already encapsulated aboard the rocket. Initially planned for July 13, the launch date was revised.
ISRO Chief S Somnath stated that the launch window will remain open until July 19, and if necessary, a backup date within that period may be used. Somnath expressed confidence in the mission’s success, emphasizing the goal of achieving a soft landing on the Moon this time.
Chandrayaan-3 mission progresses towards the launchpad during its journey. (Photo: ISRO)
Chandrayaan-3, the third mission in India’s Chandrayaan series, aims to achieve a soft landing on the Moon’s surface. This marks India’s second attempt at accomplishing this feat, which only a few countries have achieved thus far.
The spacecraft, comprising a lander and a rover, will embark on a journey of nearly two months to reach the Moon. It will first enter lunar orbit before commencing the landing approach.
The Indian space agency has assured that the lander is equipped with the capability to gently touch down at a designated lunar site and deploy the rover. Once deployed, the rover will conduct in-situ chemical analysis of the lunar surface as it explores its surroundings.