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Today marks the launch of Chandrayaan-3! Time, landing date, and other information on India’s lunar mission


If the mission of the launch of Chandrayaan-3 is successful, India will join an elite group of countries that have accomplished this accomplishment, including the United States, China, and the erstwhile Soviet Union. Chandrayaan-3, the third iteration of India’s lunar mission, is scheduled to launch from Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 2:35 p.m. on July 14. The scientific community and Indians around the world are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the second iteration of India’s moon mission.

The Launch of Chandrayaan-3! Time, Landing Date and Other Information

Today the countdown to the historic mission began. “The countdown leading to the launch tomorrow at 14:35:17 Hrs. IST has begun,” ISRO stated in a tweet on Thursday.

All about the Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission:

Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan-2, which crashed landed in September 2019 as a result of a software error. Chandrayaan-3 has various upgrades that ISRO learned from Chandrayaan-2 to guarantee success this time. On August 23, it will reportedly touch down on the Moon.

Chandrayaan-3 is made up of a lander module, a rover, and an indigenous propulsion module with the aim of developing and showcasing new technologies needed for interplanetary missions. The lander and rover will be propelled by the propulsion module from injection orbit to a 100 km lunar orbit. In order to examine the spectral and polarimetric measurements of the earth from the lunar orbit, it also carries a payload called Spectro-polarimetry of Habitable Planetary Earth (SHAPE).

If the mission of the launch of Chandrayaan-3 is is successful, India will join a select group of countries that have accomplished this accomplishment, including the United States, China, and the erstwhile Soviet Union.

Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan said on Thursday that Chandrayaan-3, India’s ambitious space mission, would land successfully, making the country more capable of developing space science. India is only the fourth country to accomplish this feat.

In a PTI interview, he stated that this will also help India increase its market share in the global space industry. India currently only accounts for a pitiful 2% of the $600 billion business.

ISRO Chairman S Somanath stated that the space agency chose a failure-based design for Chandrayaan-3 instead of a success-based design for Chandrayaan-2. This design was centred on what all could fail and how to protect it in order to ensure a successful landing.

Chandrayaan-3 will launch with merely a lander and a rover, as opposed to Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander, Pragyan rover, and orbiter. According to reports, Chandrayaan-3 would employ the Orbiter that was launched with Chandrayaan-2 and is currently circling the Moon to fulfil its communication and terrain imaging needs.

“Lander hazard detection and avoidance cameras” are a feature of the launch of Chandrayaan-3 lander mission that allow for communication with the orbiter and mission control throughout the Moon landing procedure.

The ISRO chief announced that the landing zone has grown from 500m x 500m to four km x 2.5 km. It can land anywhere, so you are not forced to aim at a particular location. It will only aim at a particular place under ideal circumstances. As a result, if the performance is subpar, it might happen anywhere in that range, he noted.

According to him, the Chandrayaan-3 has more fuel, which gives it the ability to move to a different landing site or fly farther. The Vikram lander now has extra solar panels on different surfaces, according to the ISRO director, to ensure that it can generate power regardless of how it lands.

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