New Delhi: India is set to launch its third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, on Friday. The mission aims to land a rover on the moon to explore the lunar surface.
The launch will take place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 2.45 pm IST. The mission is being led by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-up to the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which was launched in 2019. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was successful in sending a spacecraft to orbit the moon, but the lander failed to land safely.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission has been designed to land successfully even if certain elements fail. The mission has been equipped with new instruments and algorithms to handle off-nominal situations.
The launch rocket being used for the Chandrayaan-3 mission is the same one that was used in the Chandrayaan-2 mission. However, several modifications have been made to make it a better fit for the purpose.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission is a significant milestone for India’s space programme. The mission will help India to join the elite club of countries that have successfully landed a rover on the moon.