Chandrayaan-3 launch likely in early 2021: Dr Jitendra Singh

Katie Ramirez
September 8, 2020

While the minister has not revealed the launch date, it is likely that ISRO may launch "Chandrayaan 3" by March 2021.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic affected several ISRO projects and delayed the mission Chandrayaan-3.

"Chandrayaan-3 will be a mission repeat of Chandrayaan-2 and will include a lander and rover similar to that of Chandrayaan-2, but will not have an orbiter", Union minister for department of space Jitendra Singh said in a statement. Chandrayaan-Three will probably be a re-mission of Chandrayaan-2 and could have a lander and a rover like Chandrayaan-2.

Last year, the minister had said the third moon mission would be launched in 2020.

The moon lander Vikram (in the foreground) and orbiter (in the background), part of the Chandrayaan 2 mission, in a cleanroom at ISRO, Bengaluru.

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Chandrayaan-2 was launched on 22 July previous year. "Nevertheless, the lander Vikram hard-landed on September 7, crashing India" s dream to turn into the primary nation to efficiently contact down on the lunar floor in its maiden try. Despite the setback, the orbiter is in working condition and can transmit data back to Earth.

"Images sent by ISRO mission Chandrayaan-1 indicate the possible impact of Earth's atmosphere on the Moon".

At the same time, India is also gearing up for its first-ever Human Space mission Gaganyaan for which training processes and other procedures are now underway.

"Scientists on the Nationwide Aeronautics and Area Administration (NASA) say that this might be as a result of the Earth" s personal environment is lending a serving to hand which, in different phrases, implies that the Earth" s environment might be defending the Moon as properly, the assertion mentioned. "The training processes and other procedures are also in place".

A new paper in Science Advances reviews data from the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 orbiter, which discovered water ice and mapped out a variety of minerals while surveying the Moon's surface in 2008. The minister said, "There have been some hurdles from Kovid-19 in preparation for Gaganyaan but efforts are on to meet the deadline around 2022".

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