India successfully launches Chandrayaan-3, takes first step towards lunar soft landing India’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), successfully launched its third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, on Friday. The launch took place at 2:35 pm IST from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission is a follow-up to the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which was launched in 2019. The main goal of Chandrayaan-3 is to make a soft landing on the lunar surface and deploy a rover. The rover will then explore the lunar surface and collect data.
The launch of Chandrayaan-3 was a near-perfect success. The launch vehicle, a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-Mk III), performed flawlessly. The spacecraft was placed into an elliptical parking orbit around the Earth.
The next step for the Chandrayaan-3 mission is to perform a series of orbit-raising maneuvers. These maneuvers will gradually raise the spacecraft’s orbit until it reaches the Moon. The spacecraft is expected to reach the Moon on August 23.
Once the spacecraft reaches the Moon, it will perform a series of maneuvers to enter lunar orbit. The rover will then be deployed from the spacecraft and will begin exploring the lunar surface.
“The successful launch of Chandrayaan-3 is a historic moment for India. This is a major step forward in our space program and it will help us to better understand the Moon.” – Chairman of ISRO, S. Somanath
The Chandrayaan-3 mission is a major milestone for India’s space program. It is the first time that India will attempt to make a soft landing on the lunar surface. The success of the mission will pave the way for future lunar missions by India.