Chandrayaan 4: ISRO Chief S Somanath Reveals Expected Launch Date, Mission Objectives

Bengaluru: ISRO Chief S Somnath has revealed that India’s moon exploration efforts are set to continue with the development of the next installment of the Chandrayaan program. Chandrayaan-4 marks the first step towards India’s ambitious goal of landing an astronaut on the moon by 2040, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During a press conference, S Somanath emphasized that Chandrayaan-4 signifies a pivotal stage in India’s lunar exploration journey. The mission aims to land a craft on the moon, collect samples, and return them to Earth, showcasing the complete cycle of lunar exploration.

In addition to Chandrayaan-4, ISRO is actively engaged in various other projects, spanning rocket launches, satellite missions, application development, and technology advancements. With approximately 5-10 rocket projects, 30-40 satellite projects, and numerous application and research projects, ISRO’s endeavours encompass a broad spectrum of space exploration and innovation.

India’s recent achievements include the successful landing of the Chandrayaan-3 lander module on the moon’s South Pole, positioning India as the first country to accomplish this feat.

Earlier in January, India launched its maiden solar mission, the Aditya-L1 spacecraft, into the Halo orbit. Furthermore, the Gaganyaan project remains a significant endeavour for India, aimed at demonstrating human spaceflight capability with a crewed mission orbiting 400 km above Earth for a duration of three days before safely returning to Indian waters.

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