14th July 2023 was a proud day for all Indians and fans of ISRO, made memorable by the launch of LVM3-M4/Chandrayaan-3 Moon Mission which lifted off from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre-SHAR, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The launch is a reminder of the growing economy of India which is moving from strength to strength. It will fast track India in its bid for development in all spheres including science, and strengthen India’s position on the world stage. We take this opportunity to congratulate all scientists and brilliant minds whose work went behind the launch of Chandrayaan-3. In this article, we will take a look at the Chandrayaan-3 important points that we should know.
Chandrayaan-3 is India’s third lunar mission and is launched by ISRO. For the launch, Chandrayaan-3 was perched on the Bahubali rocket, which is a GSLV Mark 3 heavy-lift launch vehicle. The launch took place at 2.35 p.m. from Sri Harikota.
Historically speaking, this is the second attempt by India to soft land robotic instruments on the moon’s surface. The previous attempt made in 2019, Chandrayaan-2, had failed.
It is noteworthy that to date, only three countries have successfully soft landed on the moon. They are the US, Russia, and China.
After the successful launch on Friday, S.Somnath, ISRO’s chairman told us that the 42 days to follow are going to be cruicial. As per the predefined program, there are going to be five earth-bound manouvres that will end on 31st July. Next, trans-lunar insertion takes place on 1st August. It is then that Chandrayaan-3 will be captured by the moon.
After that, the lander module and propulsion module will separate on 17th August. If everything goes as per the plan, Mr. Somnath tells us, the landing will take place at 5:47 pm IST on 23rd August.
Chandrayaan-3 important points – The mission objectives
- To demonstrate Safe and Soft Landing on Lunar Surface
- To demonstrate Rover roving on the moon and
- To conduct in-situ scientific experiments.
The Objective of Chandrayaan-3’s mission is the development and demonstration of new and essential technologies for inter-planetary missions.